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Trauma Conference 2020

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Trauma Conference 2020

Black Trauma: When it Presents in the Therapy Room

This extraordinary year 2020 has seen both a worldwide acknowledgment and rise in the traumatic experiences that Black people have been experiencing for many years. Covid-19, the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests has led to old psychological wounds resurfacing and new ones cutting through; taking its toll on the mental health of black people.

Trauma conference 2020 pays homage to the black experience and invites all psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and other mental health practitioners a therapeutic reflective space to come together to acknowledge and consider the emotional impact of trauma on black people.

Through the presentations and workshops this event offers the potential for greater insight and understanding in the importance of creating safe felt spaces for black trauma to feel welcomed in the therapy room.

Online Conference Programme

09:30 - 09:50 - Registration

09:50 - 10:00 - Welcome address - Helen George, Founder of BME Voices Talk Mental Health and introduction to co-host, Leoni Cachia

10:00 - 11:00 - Keynote presentation - Dr Dwight Turner, Senior Lecturer, University of Brighton, PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, and a part-time lecturer at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London.

'SAY THEIR NAMES! The Challenges of Exploring our Internalised Supremacist'

Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Stephen Lawrence, Natasha McKenna, Jacob Blake

Before their deaths most of us didn’t know their names. We had no idea who they were, where they lived, what they ate, what music they listened to. Yet their deaths, in London, in Baltimore, in Minneapolis and beyond, like those of the lynchings of old, have been played out on some of the most public of forums. From the BBC to Fox News, from Facebook to Twitter, the repeated replaying of the deaths of these men and women has left many feeling as if they have been deeply traumatised again and again.

Whilst the impact of racism is not undeniable, what these events have also enabled for Persons of Colour, is they have shone a stark light on the shared experience of the trauma of living under the yolk of White Supremacy. Persons of Colour, be they psychologists, psychotherapists, social workers, their white allies, or all of our clients, have been forced watch and (re)experience this trauma, a trauma we all cope with in our own varying ways, but which now, in the light of Black Lives Matter protests worldwide, means we are having to face up to this trauma we swim within, that we imbibe in every waking moment of the day.

This keynote talk therefore explores the forms this trauma takes, for ourselves, for our clients and for the world we live within. From the more conscious, where, for example, the removal of one’s name is actually a form of dehumanisation and loss of identity; to the more subtle and psychological where the barely concealed subtlety of systemic micro-aggressions is actually a means of Supremacy maintaining its control and power over the objectified other; to the more deeply unconscious where our dreams may well display the internalised impact of wading through such traumatic environments.

11:00 - 11:15 - Break

11:15 - 12:15 - Speaker - Keren Yeboah, BSc, MSc Hons, Trainee Clinical Psychologist

Power and the ‘hidden self’: reimagining the therapeutic use of power in work with Black people diagnosed with psychosis

We know that Black people have been more likely to receive a mental health diagnosis that involves psychosis or schizophrenia and have often reported difficult experiences of their treatment. Personal recovery, for this group, may involve overcoming the impact of stigma and injustice as well as clinical indicators of distress. Based on the findings of a clinical psychology doctoral research project, this talk amplifies the stories shared by 11 Black people who navigated through the mental health system following a diagnosis of psychosis, to achieve a sense of personal recovery.

The research project has led to the development of ‘a model of personal recovery in Black individuals with psychosis’. This talk introduces the key elements of the model with a particular emphasis on how disempowering experiences, underlined by racism and forms of discrimination, might manifest in the development of 'the hidden self' in some Black people diagnosed with psychosis. Space is created for discussions about what it might mean to ‘experience power as safe’ in the context of Black trauma. Finally, attendees will be invited to join as we reflect on and reimagine how mental health professionals and therapists might engage with a therapeutic use of their power.

12:15- 13:00 - Lunch

13:00 - 14:00 - Workshop 1

Speaker - Ebinehita Iyere, BSc Criminology and Youth Studies, Organisational Psychotherapy: Introduction to Violence and Trauma. Currently training at IATE as a Child and Adolescent Wellbeing Practitioner

I am Young Black & Brave; but are you competent enough to support me?

The session will explore the issues of 2020 that have affected the Black Community with a specific focus on how these issues have impacted Black Youth. We will explore how young people have responded to the trauma associated with Covid-19, Black Lives Matter, exams, trending social media topics and the Loss and Bereavement of public figures. By bringing the voice of young people into the session we will also be questioning if therapist’s/mental health professionals have the competency and adaptability to work with young people and the traumas that they present with.

13:00 - 14:00 - Workshop 2

Speaker - Sharon Frazer-Carroll, MSc OCC Psych, MBPSss, MBACP, MBCP, MBABCP, FHEA

From Trauma to Treatment: Addressing Race in the Therapy Room

This workshop looks at the nature of Black Trauma and the extent to which therapists are prepared and supported to manage it in the therapy room. Some issues may be at the forefront of minds, given the recent pandemic and protests and participants may find that the workshop provides unexpected cathartic benefits through sharing of any difficulties experienced.

Although structured, the workshop is essentially designed to encourage participation and interaction, with the main focus being on ‘you’, ‘your experience’ and ‘your opinion’. Following a short introductory presentation, the workshop provides an opportunity for participants to express the difficulties they have experienced and to share ideas on the nature of the solutions that might help meet need. What support is already available and what would good provision look like? What training or continued professional development [CPD] would you like to see made available and why?

The first of its kind and the launch of an initiative to highlight the need for change in the professional formation of psychotherapists and counsellors, From Trauma to Treatment is an opportunity to share your personal experience and to be heard irrespective of whether you are a trainee, a professional therapist or a client who has had - or maybe has only thought about having therapy. It is important to hear from participants irrespective of colour or the way they identify.

The workshop provides an opportunity to help shape solutions to mitigate purported shortfalls and inadequacies in current provision. It is time that race was more effectively considered in the training, professional development opportunities and support available to therapists, but how to do so.

14:00 - 14:15 - Break

14:15 - 15:15 - Keynote presentation - Dr Isha Mackenzie Mavinga, Integrative Transcultural Psychotherapist, Lecturer, Trainer, Supervisor and Reiki Master

Unmasking Racism in Clinical Supervision

There are parallels and problems in ways that racism influences clinical practice. Due to inadequate training and therapeutic malpractice, racism often gets denied in the very place where it should be faced and explored, interrupted and trauma facilitated. This raises the question. Can we speak the unspeakable and do we dare to address the many dimensions of racism in therapeutic practice and supervision? Not attending to this inherent institutional and intergenerational problem can be viewed as unethical.This talk will focus on some of the features that need to be considered in changing and challenging a status quo that does not fully serve the wellbeing and mental health of black clients and the ways they are impacted by racism.

15:15 - 15:30 - Break

15:30 - 16:30 - Live panel discussion

16:30 - 16:45 - Closing thoughts

See website: www.bmevoices.co.uk for full programme

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