Understanding racism and its impact on ourselves and the communities we serve.

This introductory workshop is aimed at mental health professionals and will explore the effects of racial attitudes on mental health and access to appropriate mental health services. We will examine a number of different aspects of racism, including unconscious bias, colour blindness and internalised racism, particularly as it affects our daily practice.

The aim of the workshop is to provide a safe space to:

Reflect on the many conscious and unconscious factors that may inadvertently reinforce the status quo and contribute to feelings of oppression and discrimination of BAMER people within mental health services. 

Consider how we may be inadvertently and unconsciously caught up in dynamics that tend to serve the status-quo.

Understand racism and its impact on ourselves and the communities we serve.

The qualities or attitudes we hope participants will bring with them on the day to allow them to engage in the ideas and conversations:

  • An open and inquiring mind
  • Willingness to be honest and open about the conscious and unconscious assumptions we all make
  • Desire to better understand cultural difference and what it’s like to be the black client
  • Readiness to be very sensitive to issues of race, gender and power
  • Interest in the values ascribed by the black client to their mental health practitioner

The facilitator

Suzanne Keys

Suzanne Keys has 20 years’ experience working as a white counsellor in a diverse educational environment and as a trainer, supervisor and workshop facilitator.

She continues to work on challenging her own internalised racism and how it impacts her daily counselling practice. She is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility and a friend and member of The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network.

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