What racial differences impose on our minds and bodies as individuals and collectively as a society is challenging and complex. The challenge is often to remain coherent in our thinking and meaning making, and often there is a feeling of being under-resourced to stay with the process.

This introductory workshop will explore what Dr Isha McKenzie-Mavinga has coined “A black empathic approach” (Mavinga 2009). This approach pays attention to the emotions evoked by modern racism and keeps in mind the bias that leads us away from this type of approach. Drawing on the humanistic concept of empathy, ‘a black empathic approach’ points us towards a connection to feelings about difference and sameness and a shared understanding.

About the Facilitator

Eugene trained as an Integrative Arts psychotherapist and has worked for many years with severely traumatised children and their families in the field of adoption and fostering as well as working in private practice. He has a special interest in sensorimotor psychotherapy, Somatic Experiencing and other body orientated therapies. Eugene is also the founder of the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN), which is the UK’s largest independent organisation to specialise in working with Black, African, Asian and Caribbean clients.

Learning Outcomes:

  • A better understanding of the psychosocial stressors and trauma that impact BAMER mental health.
  • Increased knowledge of BAMER families within an intergenerational context.

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