Examining Whiteness: White identity and racism POSTPONED

Where: London - exact location to be decided

When: 03 Oct 2020 time: 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM

Booking details to follow will be posted, once we're confident that the level of COVID-19 infection is low enought for us to go ahead with this event.


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)

This group is open to people from all backgrounds, heritages and ethnicities who want to actively address the injustices and inequalities of racism through personal and collective work on White identity, power, privilege and complicity.

It is an open group meeting 4 times a year and facilitated since Sept 2017 by Bea Millar and Suzanne Keys, two therapists active in PCSR, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility www.pcsr.org.uk. It is not a workshop, seminar or therapy group so participants need to be prepared to participate in uncomfortable and difficult conversations in a respectful environment, with the personal content being confidential to the group, and know how to support themselves in this process.

By doing this work together we hope to actively work towards dismantling internal, relational and structural racism. The groups started because Suzanne and Bea no longer wanted to be part of a therapy profession and world where clients, trainees and practitioners of colour continue to experience oppression, discrimination and harm, where their experiences are not heard and valued and where white practitioners don’t do the necessary internal and relational work to stop this happening. It is an ongoing experience and active learning journey.


Resources gathered by PCSR’s Examining Whiteness groups   Updated June 2020


Organisations focussing on the experience of Therapists of Colour





Webinars, podcasts and articles


Muna Abdi from Decolonizing Education in conversation with 3 white practitioners/academics

Decolonizing Education: Let’s talk about it



Unsettling Whiteness https://soasradio.org/speech/episodes/studen-union-lecture-series-5-unsettling-whiteness

Resisting Racism in the Academy  https://discoversociety.org/2019/07/03/resisting-racism-in-the-academy/

Whiteness, Intimacy and Everyday Antiracism.  William R. Frey


‘White counsellors don’t understand’: Why BME students don’t get the help they need at uni https://thetab.com/uk/2019/09/11/white-counsellors-dont-understand-why-bme-students-are-rejecting-mental-health-support-at-uni-124427 


What’s Missing From “White Fragility” https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/09/white-fragility-robin-diangelo-workshop.html


RACE: What is White Supremacy in Education? https://theteacherist.com/2019/02/20/race-what-is-white-supremacy-2/



What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless?  Robin DiAngelo



Why healing from internalised Whiteness is a missing link in White people’s anti-Racism work



Whiteness on the couch.  Natasha Stovall



Pran Patel's Decolonise the Curriculum Ted Talk https://youtu.be/8JjRQTuzqTU 
Pran Patel's Decolonise the Curriculum companion article https://theteacherist.com/2019/05/26/decolonise-the-curriculum/ 


Guide to Allyship: http://www.guidetoallyship.com/

So You Call Yourself an Ally: 10 Things All ‘Allies’ Need to Know: https://everydayfeminism.com/2013/11/things-allies-need-to-know/

#BlackSafeSpace   CiCi and Shona Hunter



Seeing White – explorations of White Supremacy   14 radio broadcasts



Witnessing the wound  20 min video by Eugene Ellis, BAATN.          https://vimeo.com/262194819


How I learned to stop worrying and love discussing Race  (10 min TED talk)         https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MbdxeFcQtaU

Colonialism and the origins of skin bleaching  https://wellcomecollection.org/articles/XIfdHRAAAKbQ_FWB

4 Ways White People Can Process Their Emotions Without Hijacking the Conversation on Racial Justice. Jennifer Loubriel        https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/4-ways-white-people-can-process-their-emotions-without-bringing-the-white-tears/     




Raggi Kotak challenging the dynamics around racism



Authors who have written extensively on Racism and White privilege – more information online

Tim Wise, US anti-racism activist,

 J.E.Helm’s White racial identity development model and

Peggy McIntosh on White privilege.


Therapist, Farhad Dalal   http://www.dalal.org.uk/books.html and recordings


Classic text on these issues:      Black Skin, White Masks     Frantz Fanon     1952


Recent relevant books


Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor                                                         Layla F.Saad          2020

How to be an antiracist        Ibram X. Kendi                              2019

Dying of Whiteness                             Jonathan M. Metzl          2019

White Privilege Unmasked: how to be part of the solution    Judy Ryde    2019

BRIT (ish):  On Race, Identity and Belonging                            Afua Hirsch    2018                                  

White Fragility: why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism   

                                                                                                       Robin DiAngelo 2018

Natives: race and class in the ruins of empire                     Akala       2018

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathways to Mending our Hearts and Bodies                                                           Resmaa Menakem 2017

Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race    Reni Eddo Lodge    2017

Race in Psychoanalysis                                                          Celia Brickman    2017     

The Challenge of Racism in Therapeutic Practice    Isha McKenzie-Mavinga 2016

Black Issues in The Therapeutic Process                    Isha McKenzie-Mavinga 2009 

Racist States of Mind: Understanding the Perversion of Curiosity and Concern                                                                                                          

                                                                                              Narendra Kaval         2016 

Being White in the Helping Professions                           Judy Ryde         2009

Racial identity, White Counsellors and Therapists             Gill Tuckwell    2002.


The Isis Papers. The Keys to the Colors          Dr. Frances Cress Welsing  1991

A collection of 25 essays examining the neuroses of White Supremacy








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