Exploring whiteness: Laying foundations for anti-racist practice
Facilitator: Tanya Adolpho
This workshop aims to investigate white identity and race dynamics. When whiteness is seen as the ‘default’ or ‘just normal’, white privilege and power go unchecked, and people excluded from whiteness are systematically disadvantaged and dehumanised.
It may be the first time you have considered what it means to be a white person or maybe being white is something you are acutely aware of which can bring up strong emotions. You may feel proud, feel guilty or it’s something you feel neutral about. We will explore our personal and individual experience, as well as look at the wider social and political aspects of white identity.
This is an experiential workshop that aims to sharpen the clinical focus of the counsellor so that we can begin laying firm foundations for an anti-racist practice. We will explore the following key areas: whiteness, white fragility, othering, and privilege.