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Cultural Competency Training:Racial Identity Theory & African-Centred Perspectives

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Monday, 25 September 2017 from 09:00 to 15:30 (BST)

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One Day Workshop Cultural Competency Training:Racial Identity Theory & African-Centred Perspectives
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25 Aug 2017 £130.00 £6.91

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The training is for 25 senior managers in key strategic organisation’s in Haringey who want to form part of the Improving Outcomes for Young Black Men partnership in London.


Over the decade’s numerous research has shown how racial identity and discrimination can affect outcomes (particularly mental health) for young black men in the UK (Robinson, 2000;Bhugra & Bhui, 2010). It would be effective to run a similar training/workshop for the community themselves, as there is evidence to show that addressing such concepts can aid with empowering the African/African-Caribbean community (economically, educationally and family structure) (Grills, 2001). 

Service professionals (i.e. teachers, managers, directors, public sector staff, etc.) would benefit from 'Cultural Competency Training' - that would be somewhat different to other well-known commonly held framework of cultural competency training; it would address: unconscious bias, our own racial identity and how we navigate the world within such stages, how societal racism plays an interwoven role on the latter processes. 


To be challenging and provocative to help all partners reflect on their biases and assumptions by looking at racial identity status and consider how this might impact on organisation strategy and delivery. 

To help delegates develop their own understanding of how unconscious bias, racial identity and culture (European & African-Centred World-views) influences the way we think and act and how we understand ourselves and the world around us.

To be empowering and solution focused so that it challenges and provokes but also gives delegates the tools/organizational strategies) to take actions forward in their organisation’s.


Expert understanding of racial identity theory and the concept of cultural competency and of how these theories and concepts can be applied to practice, strategy and decision making.

Good understanding and over 10 years of the public-sector context and local experience and knowledge (particularly in North/East London), as well as working in the community and the voluntary sector.

With over 15 years of working in mental health – young people and adults.

Track record for over 8 years in delivering relevant training / consultancy on Racial Identity.

Several years of research conducted for PHD dissertation and publication pending.

Consultancy services provided to Mental health services aiming to engage culturally appropriately with African/African-Caribbean service users.  Also, racial/cultural-specific supervision sessions provided to generic health professionals.


Aims of training:

The aim of the workshop/training is to provide senior managers with an in-depth understanding of the concepts of Racial Identity Theory and African-centred perspectives (RIACP). 



Training Objectives/Outcome:

By the end of the training the delegates will be able to:

Understand the evolution, role and impact of low and high racial identity attitudes.

Develop better leadership practices/behaviours that focus on being more racially-culturally aware, competent and inclusive with service users & staff.

Understand how to identify and challenge certain racial identity attitudes at a personal and service user level. 

To understand how racial identity attitudes impact on everyday interactions for how people navigate their world views.

Identify what components that perpetuate low racial identity attitudes & post-traumatic slave syndrome symptoms, which plays a part in Internalised Racism.

Raising conscious awareness of one’s own racial identity and how to utilise an ‘optimal’ healthy racial identity.

Adapt and Implement these components for African and African-Caribbean service users to develop a culturally competent framework for practice in your organisation.

25th September 2017

Haringey MIND

73C Stapleton Hall Rd, Stroud Green, London N4 3QF

Start – 09:30hr  – 16:00hr

Registration at 09:00hr 

Two days Training into ONE !

£130.00 for entry ticket (not inclusive of EB fee)



Tea & Coffee 



Cancellations of training courses are subject to a 25% administration fee where the cancellation is made more than one calendar month before the date of the training course. No refund is payable for a cancellation made within the calendar month immediately prior to the training course – in this event the full sum shown on the invoice remains payable.


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Haringey MIND
73 Stapleton Hall Road
Stroud Green
N4 3QF London
United Kingdom

Monday, 25 September 2017 from 09:00 to 15:30 (BST)

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Dr Laura Fontaine

BSc, MSc App Psy; MSc in Coun Psy; Diploma in Psychotherapy, CPsychol, DPsych, MBPsS (Acred), MBABCP, HCPC. 


Dr Laura Fontaine is a fully qualified, experienced, self-motivated and creative Integrative Chartered Counselling Psychologist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, and mental health consultant. She currently works for a Primary Care NHS mental health trust and is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC); British Psychological Society (BPS) and with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). She has extensive experience in the field of mental health covering 14 years; in addition to 8 years of working with African and African-Caribbean communities with moderate-severe mental health problems. She has worked in both primary and secondary NHS services, voluntary and charity sectors.

She provides individual clinical supervision to trainee and qualified clinical/counselling psychologists, CBT psychotherapists, counsellors and generic (social workers, support workers, nurses) mental health professionals. She also runs her own private practice, named ‘FreeMind Clinic’, where she has successfully helped and supported many people experiencing mental health distress. Her experience includes providing clinical therapy to both individuals, couples and groups, for those with mental ill-health diagnoses, and common mental health problems and enabling vocational and holistic achievement amongst emotional turmoil. 

Laura’s clinical work has taken her both nationally and internationally, where she has taken part in developing a trauma unit for a mental health hospital in Uganda. Her work over the few months was based on conducting workshops for African peoples in the community to de-stigmatise mental ill health, reinforce coping strategies for carers, and train health professionals in using other clinical skills.

Dr Laura Fontaine is also a prominent key speaker for public health events, such as: House of Commons, City Hall and the House of Lords and has facilitated various mental health workshops. She has conducted empirical research within the area of mental health improvement, entitled: "Racial identity, Africentrism, Self-Esteem & Psychological Wellbeing Amongst Black Men", which is pending journal publication. She has worked as the Clinical/Research Supervisor for the 'Community Insight' project, supporting the research staff team at Hands Inc organisation. She has also managed a mental health project (Akaba Project) in East London, for African/African-Caribbean males with mental health problems, and received an ‘innovative young people’s mental health’ award in 2008 & 2010, for reaching high clinical/vocational standards.

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