Trainer & Therapist BME forum

Angel Gate, 326 City Road, London EC1V 2PT | £10

Trainer and Therapist Forums

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A space for group facilitators, trainers, course leaders and therapists to explore and reflect on the experiences of BME students as well as share good practice in how we ‘teach’ or facilitate the exploration of race on euro-centric courses and in therapy to encourage dialogue rather than silence around these issues. There is one forum for trainers and one for therapists.

There were 3 forums last year which were hosted at City Lit. This year our hosts will be Place2Be in London where we will hold 5 forums from Sept 2104 to Sept 2015. Another change this year is that there will be two different forums. One exclusively for those who deliver, or are responsible for delivering counselling and psychotherapy trainings in the UK and one for therapists who have an interest in this area and want to enhance their practice. The hope for these Forums is to provide a supportive platform to gain a deeper insight into working with issues of difference and diversity in the therapeutic process so that the needs of Black and Asian people can be more fully addressed. 

Trainer Forums 

A Forum for Black and White Trainers of all backgrounds to support them and their institutions with the question of how to make therapy training more accessible and more able to meet the therapeutic needs of students from Black and Asian backgrounds and support all trainees, both Black and White to have confidence to work with this client group in their practice.


Saturdays 15 Nov 2014, 21 Mar 2015 and 4 Jul 2015

Time: 10:30 - 16:00

Venue: Place2Be, Unit 30

Angel Gate, 326 City Road, London EC1V 2PT 

Cost: £10 

Therapist Forums

A Forum for Black and White therapists of all backgrounds as a response to those who are grappling with the question of how to make therapy, supervision and therapy provision more accessible and more able to meet the therapeutic needs of clients from Black and Asian backgrounds. 


Saturdays 17 Jan 2015 and 9 May 2015

Time: 10:30 - 16:00

Venue: Place2Be, Unit 30

Angel Gate, 326 City Road, London EC1V 2PT 

Cost: £10

Register a place Online (preferable), or download a Booking Form 

These gatherings are sponsored by Place2Be and The Black and Asian Therapist Network

Both forums will be held by Eugene Ellis and Arike.


Arike has extensive and diverse experience of supporting people to empower themselves - as a youth worker, teacher, college tutor, group facilitator, trainer, coach and supervisor.

He has worked as a visiting tutor, group facilitator, personal development group facilitator and supervisor on counselling courses at Lewisham College. He was a course facilitator for the FACETS counselling courses at City University. At London Metropolitan University, he worked as a Personal Development group supervisor for Postgraduate counselling students, as a visiting tutor for the entry level counselling courses, as well as supervising Student Support Services staff. Since 2006 he has acted as an external supervisor and CPD course facilitator for Lewisham Counselling and Counsellor Training Associates.

Reflecting his interest in supporting Black men, Arike has counselled men, individually and in groups, at the Afro Caribbean Mental Health Association in Brixton, at Broadmoor Hospital and at Tudor Views, Birmingham, a rehabilitation hostel for ex-offenders.

Eugene Ellis

Eugene Ellis is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and the founder of ‘Black and Asian Therapists Network’ (BAATN). BAATN is a network of therapists that are committed, passionate and actively engaged in addressing, the psychological needs of Black and Asian people in the UK. Eugene is also Chair of the Diversity, Equalities and Social Responsibility Committee (DESRC) at the UKCP. He has worked for many years as a child, adult and family therapist in the field of adoption and fostering as well as working in private practice. Eugene has a special interest in sensorimotor psychotherapy, sensory Integration and other body orientated therapies as well as facilitating a dialogue around race and culture in organisations and psychotherapy trainings.

In previous forums:

Those who attending previous forums gave the following as the kinds of things that they would want the forum to be about: Hearing how others work, training for the trainers, what happens when there are no BME students or just one, having a space to explore our own process, looking at oppression within cultures - eg. shadism, having a dedicated issue and process time and exploring ideas about the recruitment of trainees.

The following comments were given in previous forums that give a sense of the energy, feeling and thoughts of those that attended:

“Thank you. I’ve been waiting for a network like this for 16 years”

“The time is right for us to take this forward!”

“Thank you! This has been a rare opportunity to think with others about my own identity and feelings about my differences and feelings about that in relation to others.”

“I feel excited and hopeful and want to be a part of these discussions to make the most of the wealth of experience in the room.”

“Very optimistic. Hope we can keep going. Big thanks”

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