Examining Whiteness: White identity and racism
Saturday 23d September 2017 10am -1pm
Chadswell Healthy Living Centre
Lower ground floor, Chadswell, Harrison Street, London WC1H 8JE
5-10 mins from Kings Cross and Euston mainline stations, wheelchair accessible
FREE – donations on the day for venue hire and refreshments much appreciated.
Please book your place in advance to know numbers for refreshments: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Whiteness, as a set of normative cultural practices, is visible most clearly to those it definitely excludes and those to whom it does violence. Those who are housed securely within its borders usually do not examine it.’ (Ruth Frankenberg,1993)
For too long Black African and Asian therapists and trainees have been experiencing racism and exclusion within the therapy profession. The PCSR open letter and petition protesting about this and asking for change was sent to all therapy organisations and trainings in 2014 but had a very limited response. Change in the culture of therapy and training is slow and there are still trainees who are discriminated against: unheard, invisible, hurt, excluded.
As part of addressing this oppression within the therapy profession PCSR is having a pop up in London on 23rd September for therapists who identify as White to explore and process what it means to them to be White and working as a White therapist in a racist society. We would like to invite you to come and share your experiences and deepen your understanding of White identity in a supportive environment.
The idea for this pop-up comes from 2 white members of PCSR, Suzanne and Bea, who are also currently on the steering group. Having participated in conversations about racism through BAATN (Black African and Asian Therapists’ Network) they have seen how much work is being done by those who are a minority in the profession. This pop up is an opportunity to encourage and stimulate personal and collective work on White identity, power, privilege and entitlement and to address the injustices and inequalities of racism.
If you haven’t already heard or seen Tim Wise, US anti-racism activist, he is worth checking out online as is Helm’s White racial identity development model and Peggy McIntosh on White privilege. Also, UK journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge’s 2017 book Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race based on her blog.
Please remember that if you have an idea for a PCSR pop-up you are very welcome to put it forward. You do not have to be on the steering group or in London. PCSR will cover the costs of a venue anywhere in the UK for PCSR members to meet around a political subject they feel is important to discuss face to face.
PCSR ANNUAL GATHERING AND AGM
At St Pancras Community Centre
67 Plender Street, London NW1 0LB www.spca.org.uk 15mins walk from Kings Cross, Euston and Camden Road overground stations
Nearest tube: Mornington Crescent
The day will be in two parts
10-1pm Societal Constellation
It’s FREE to everyone. Non-members welcome too.
Lunch can be eaten on the premises and there are plenty of shops and cafes around.
BUT YOU NEED TO BOOK FOR THE MORNING. THERE IS A MAX OF 30 PLACES
Email email@example.com to book your place
PCSR invites you to participate in a Societal Constellation facilitated by Janet Herman and Lynn Stoney, on a relevant political issue.
Systemic constellations is a powerful experiential process through which we can gain insight into systems and dynamics within them that have been hidden. The method is phenomenological and can be used to reveal dynamics in any system. It has the potential to clarify and transform embedded patterns. Originally applied to family systems, it now has many applications, including wider societal and ecological issues.
The work draws on our embodied knowledge and participants often report gaining a deep experience of our interconnected nature as well as insights into the particular issue being explored.
In this short workshop, we hope that together, having agreed on a particular issue to explore, we will be able to uncover some of the underlying patterns and explore our own relationship to a large issue in which we are all involved.
2-4pm Annual General Meeting. All welcome, but please let us know if you’re coming so that we have numbers for refreshments
Reports and agenda will be sent out to all members nearer the time.
Info about PCSR : http://www.pcsr.org.uk
9th PCSR Psychotherapy and Politics Conference
MEN, PATRIARCHY and Mental Health
6th May 2017 9.30 – 5.30 pm
NCVO Kings Cross, London, www.ncvo.org.uk
£100 supporters fee, Standard fee £90, PCSR member £70, Concessionary £50, concessionary PCSR member £40
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Refreshments included but not lunch. Fully wheelchair accessible.
The time has come to challenge the dysfunction that lies at the heart of patriarchy, to recognise that power is not the same as oppression
Jon Blend ‘Rip it up and start again?
Nick Clements ‘Belonging’ Understanding male identity
Katherine Cox ‘ Supporting male survivors of sexual abuse and assault’
Phoebus Ebbini ‘Domination/submission: power and sexual roles’
Lakis Georghiou ‘The quiet coercive use of patriarchy in film’
Caroline Hearst ‘Men, autism and mental health’
Andy Metcalf ‘Working with Men in Couples Therapy: Dilemmas and Conduits’
Ben Scanlan ‘Banter, feelings and breaking from the crowd’