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Radical Dialogues – A Series Of Four Art Making Workshops with Kris Black.

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Radical Dialogues

' ''I'' cannot reach fulfilment without ''thou''. The self cannot be self without other selves. Self-concern without other-concern is like a tributary that has no outward flow to the ocean'.- MLK

A Series Of Four Experiential Workshops with Kris Black; the workshops can be experienced as a one-off or as a series of four.

In these experiential arts-based workshops Kris Black facilitates an exploration of similarity and difference within the therapeutic space and art making.

There are 4 workshop dates: 28th April, 16th June, 27th October and 24th November

Can we work explicitly and empathically with the politics of difference, diversity and discrimination in our interactions with clients, with each other, within the profession and within the world? The experiencing of ‘otherness’ and ‘cultural difference’ is an inevitable part of our daily lives and increasingly so due to faster global socio-political changes. Closer to home when we think about what Brexit has stirred up within ourselves,within communities, within our clients, we cannot escape the consequences of othering and other.

Our clients constantly bring us a multitude of ways that their cultural, ‘racial’, sexual and gender identities intersect with the world around them and with us - if we are able to listen to the sub text of difference and interact with it from a congruent place, unfamiliar and uncomfortable dynamics reveal THEMSELVES AND US – presenting multiple opportunities within therapeutic encounters to explore experiences of ‘cultural differences’ between client and therapist, to lean in, is to risk forming deeper connection as well as presenting opportunities for deeper dialogue about difference. Whether client or therapist notions of difference present themselves consciously or unconsciously, prompting questions that test the consideration of our self and ourselves in relation to ‘the other’. The emotional outcomes for either, may at times be stimulating or unsettling; instigating ideas of similarity and difference with the ‘other’ alongside responses of conscious and unconscious acceptance and sometimes may even present the opportunity for rejection / rupture as well as intersubjectivity, empathy, understanding – a deeper hearing of the layered experiences of our clients. As therapists can we do the work on ourselves – dare we reach for a better understanding of how we are experienced as the therapist in the room and in the world?

The focus of the workshop is to help encourage attitudes of openness in addressing and exploring experiences of difference in a safe and non-discriminatory way. Attendees are invited to bring past experiences and issues of exploring difference in the therapeutic space, including working with client's through art making, as specific experiences to work through. We will experiment through art making and image in order to make meaning of, and find language for our experiences. An Integrative Arts Psychotherapy approach will enable safe containment, the offer of personal and political exploration, via pairs work, small and large group work.

Kris’ therapeutic and training work is delivered via the lens of US and UK Intersectional feminist perspectives, draws on Queer Theory, Black Issues Theory Systemic & Intercultural Theory and a common-sense integration of Trauma Theory (to name some of the influences). Kris is committed to helping therapists explore the challenge and opportunity of integrating Intersectional perspectives into our work.

Kris Black LLB (Hons), is a UKCP and BACP registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, an integrative child and adolescent counsellor, CSTD / ISN supervisor, independent therapeutic trainer, group worker and activist. Founder of Radical* Dialogues – a group work, training and supervision programme combining art and psychotherapy which integrates intersectional theory as a means of educating, understanding and combatting discrimination and prejudice. Kris has a large and diverse private practice withinLondon’s QTIPOC** and LGTQIA+ communities with clients from diverse economic, cultural, class and social backgrounds. Kris’ clients are often affected by the intersections of homophobia, anti-lesbianism, bi-phobia, transphobia and by the impact of different forms of racism, classism, sexism and other forms of discrimination.

Kris served for many years on the Leadership Team of the Black African and Asian Therapy Network, is a Black Issues Masterclass Graduate, a Clinical Associate and on the training faculty of pink therapy. Kris is a member of the Coalition Against Conversion Therapy.
Kris has worked therapeutically and politically for over 37 years with traumatised adults, adolescents and children from racialised and working-class communities – Kris has worked extensively within the education, charity and community sectors. Kris identifies as a mixed racial heritage person of colour and uses they/them pronouns.

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