We live in a world where we are faced by different levels of prejudices and discrimination which for some can be debilitating. Racism is one of those prejudices which evoke a range of feelings across different parts of society and across the globe. It lies deep in history from Slavery, the Holocaust to Stephen Lawrence and Michael Brown.
Society is made of systems and institutions such as health, education, government etc., and each section of society experiences racism, for example Black Men are ten times more likely to be diagnosed with Schizophrenia than White Men (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/464989.stm). This is one of many examples, and there is a lot of talk about racism in the media, however how are we dealing with it?
From a Counselling and Psychotherapist perspective we are part of the systems in society and as therapists we can be seen as someone in power by our clients. The therapeutic space can be a microcosm of society and as Counsellors and Psychotherapists know, roles can be played out such as authority and power. How are we as Counsellors and Psychotherapists working with Racism? Are we aware of our own attitudes towards Racism? Do we as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist see it as an issue or something that needs to be worked with?
Whether we want to be aware of it or not, Racism plays a big part in society and in the lives of the clients we see.
If after reading this blog you would like to explore it further, we are running a workshop for Counsellors and Psychotherapists whether in training or practice as an opportunity to explore racism in a safe and non-judgemental space. The workshop will be experiential where self-exploration is encouraged.
For more information please contact:
Aneet Kaur Sehmi 07521 068879
Naomi Ford 07585 701176
Dates and Venue:
Saturday 23rd April & Saturday 30th April 10am-4pm
Saturday 11th November & Saturday 19th November 10am – 4pm
Carrs Lane Conference Centre Ltd
The Church at Carrs Lane
£195 per person
Early Bird price: £185 per person (to qualify you must book at least six weeks before the start of the workshop)
£175 for Students