The Race Conversation
“This book has been written to help us take an honest look at who we really are. It is here to help us dig deep. It is here to heal the nation. I’m no psychotherapist, but I get it. After years of experience on the front-line helping people like me, Eugene has written a book that I believe can change the way we relate to each other and the way we relate to ourselves. He writes in a logical, accessible way, and makes The Race Conversation, our conversation,” a review by Benjamin Zephaniah, author, poet, lyricist and musician.
The Race Conversation explores how the distress of intergenerational trauma, post chattel slavery and colonialism lives on not just in our minds but also in our bodies. As well as helping us to develop an understanding of the forces that made the race construct necessary through exploring the history and development of race, the book focuses specifically on the non-verbal communication of race, both as a means of social control and as an essential part of navigating oppressive patterns.
The author of “The Race Conversation” is Eugene Ellis, and he is also the founder of the Black, African, Asian Therapy Network or BAATN. It is the UK’s largest independent organisation to specialise in working psychologically, informed by an understanding of intersectionality, with people who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean.
BAATN’s primary focus and area of expertise is to support people from these heritages. It is open to other People of Colour who are affected by oppression due to the colour of their skin. One of its primary aims is to address the inequality of access to appropriate psychological services for Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean people, which is a well-recognised reality. Part of the solution to addressing this inequality of access is through the provision of events and training for its members, the entire therapy community and the wider public.
BAATN acknowledges the enormity of this task; therefore it actively seek partnerships with white majority therapy and training organisations that recognise racism, and the importance of undoing the impact of racism, as an essential part of being mentally healthy. We also seek to work in partnership with other minority groups who experience global and institutional oppression.
BAATN’s overall goal is the individual and collective processing of the inner experiences for the benefit of the Black, Asian and other communities, and to give a voice to a ‘black empathic approach’ in therapy and therapy education. As a body, it seeks to influence the integration of this approach into mainstream psychotherapy training, literature and practice. It also encourages other organisations to work with it and support their work.
For more BAATN information just visit their website via this link – https://www.baatn.org.uk/
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