Black and Asian Therapist Network http://www.baatn.org.uk/ seeks to reflect the many who are committed, passionate and actively engaged in addressing the psychological needs of black and Asian people in the UK.
Founder, Eugene Ellis speaks of his vision for the organization
‘The aim of the network was to create something that did not already exist in the way that I thought it should. A community of people that understood me; understood the effect of oppression on me, understood the political landscape in which I lived, understood the generational history of my life and understood the reasons for the problems the community of people that I was living with have to solve.
As well as this I wanted the 'Network' to be a secure base from which to explore and mobilise our creative selves in areas of theory, practice and enterprise focused around the mental health needs of our communities.
At the moment this community of people is like a small plant that has just sprouted shoots into the soil. It has not grown the roots that it needs to weather the inevitable heavy winds as yet but it is getting there. This small plant needs space away from other competing plants that might want to grow near it until it is robust enough to stand side by side with other plants.
For this reason BAATN will remain focused on the core communities that it serves until such time as it grows into a self-sustaining enterprise.’
BAATN aims to:
The organisation runs:
NAFSIYAT- Intercultural Therapy Centre, an Organisational Member of UKCP, is a pioneering organisation in the provision of intercultural therapy www.nafsiyat.org.uk
Nafsiyat has been a registered charity since 1983, that offers high quality community based intercultural psychotherapy in London. It is staffed with experienced workers who are fully qualified in Psychotherapy and Counselling people from diverse backgrounds.
Combined with a successful track record in clinical work, it is accredited as both a training body and an Organisational Member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), through the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA). Hence, it offers training and development of intercultural therapy working with a number of prestigious universities, colleges and training agencies in London.
Short-term therapeutic help is offered free for people who are residents in Islington, Enfield, Camden and Haringey.
Since 2013, Nafsiyat in conjunction with Regent's College London, has been running a new Post-Professional Certificate in Intercultural Knowledge and Practice. This certificate is designed to provide the knowledge required for culturally sensitive practice and be the entry point for more advanced studies in intercultural practice leading to a post-graduate qualification.
AT LAST, A HOME FOR BLACK HIST0RY.
The launch of the Black Cultural Archives will show that black presence in the UK is measured in millennia, not decades read more
BLACK PSYCHOANALYSTS SPEAK - A VIDEO
Black Psychoanalysts Speak
Richard Reichbart, Ph.D.
This film features interviews of eleven Black psychoanalysts and is intended to raise awareness of the need for greater openness and understanding of cultural and ethnic pressures in psychoanalytic training, in transferential and countertransferential interactions, and in the recruitment of people of coulour into psychoanalytic training.
These participants contend that psychoanalysis has a long history as a progressive movement devoted to the common good. Psychoanalysis asks us to examine the processes of self deception that perpetuate both individual unhappiness and social structures that are inequitable and oppressive. Yet psychoanalytic education has for the most part focused on training and treating the relatively privileged. The Black psychoanalysts here examine this dilemma and engage in a vibrant and thought provoking discussion about race, culture, class and the unrealized promise of psychoanalysis. http://www.pep-web.org/document.php?id=pepgrantvs.001.0001a