The traumas of racism therapy group
If you have attended group therapy, you will know how valuable it can be. This space of healing and working through internalised racism would be new for most. Group experience can be more powerful and transformative. The purpose of this group space is to gain a deeper understanding of self and learn from others in a safe and respectful environment facilitated by the group conductor.
There are few Black British, Black Africans and Caribbean heritage people who train and who qualify as psychologists or psychotherapy. People of African and Caribbean heritages are six times more likely to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act when compared to white people.
It helps to have more representation of Black and Asian psych professionals. Those that train end up doing it under duress and often feel they don’t get to experience a self-due to the Eurocentric nature of the literature and training and also the lack of cultural diversity in the training.
What is the purpose of this group?
This is an experiential space. It means come as you are. Or come with something you want to get support with/on. Either way, we can learn or benefit from being in a shared space.
This is a guided space for professional therapists, counsellors and health practitioners to meet once a month, for the purpose of healing from emotional wounds. The space offers an opportunity to get feedback on our responses. The group aims to act as a microcosm of social and family dynamics and, thus, serves to mediate therapeutic change, not only in the individual but within the group as a whole.
If any of these resonant with you and you would like to be involved, please drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a cost of £35 per session. This will be a closed group and participants are asked to commit to 12 sessions.
The group will be run on Zoom on the last Friday of the month, from 9:30am - 11:30am Start date to be confirmed.
- Canepa-Anson, A. (2020) The problem of unconscious bias and racism within psychotherapy training. BPC New Association, Newsletter, Issue (32).pg5.
- Canepa-Anson, A. (2020) Looking Back, Moving Forward: Reflection on Race and Racism. Psychology and Cognitive Sciences. Openviento Publishers.
Hosted by Abi Canepa-Anson
Abi Canepa-Anson is a psychotherapist and group supervisor. She has had experience of being a seminar leader. She has worked as a group counsellor and as a group supervisor. Abi offers workshops on issues of unconscious bias and racism to therapy organisations. Abi is passionate about raising awareness of the need to embrace cultural div