Events and Seminars

Event:Stillpoint Spaces London Event: Complicating the White Therapist
Venue:23 Clerkenwell Close, London, EC1R 0AA
Date:29/02/2020
Duration:10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Extra Info:"We must prepare ourselves for - and even seek - difficult, threatening, unsettling, awkward and shameful conversations". - Anton Hart.

Whiteness is a social construction that is internalised and lives in both the conscious and unconscious realms of the psyche, so how do we engage with it in ourselves as therapists and counsellors, within the clinical encounter and in our thinking and teaching within the profession? This workshop will provide an experiential opportunity for white therapeutic practitioners (and trainees) to examine white fragility as an embodied phenomena that requires a rigorous exploration in order to foster therapy that is less harmful and more ethical.

The focus in many psychotherapy and counselling trainings has traditionally been on diversity and multicultural approaches to the therapeutic project. The criticism of these approaches is that they make racism a little more palatable as something for people of colour to overcome rather than something for white people to deconstruct as a part of a psychological and broader socio-political project. In this workshop the problem of racism and whiteness is returned to white therapeutic practitioners to deal with.

There will be some preparatory reading and reflective practices to engage with prior to the day, and following the day there will be a series of smaller seminars to deepen the work.
Organised By:Stillpoint Spaces London
Web Link:http://https://london.stillpointspaces.com/lab_events/520
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