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  • During the 2nd Encounter - Aashna & BAATN Director, Eugene Ellis facilitate an exploration of "What would a more inclusive counselling and psychotherapy training look like?" Identifying and sharing good practice. We invite you to share your ideas, thoughts, videos, images on the question: "What would a more inclusive counselling and psychotherapy training look like?"
  • We hope you will engage with us in discussions here, share images, videos, stories and experiences! Let's Get Uncomfortable: A series of encounters that explore Embedding Explorations of Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Power in Counselling & Psychotherapy Trainings - https://www.aashna.uk/events Shammi Kohli and Pretish Raja-Helm are graduates of the The Minster Centre, London. Through their experience of training they have co-founded Aashna Counselling & Psychotherapy and as part of their ethos and vision to embrace difference and diversity; they have affiliated with The Minster Centre, BAATN, PCU and PCSR to create a series of encounter to reflect, challenge and facilitate action in trainings around the issues of race, culture, ethnicity and power. Some areas we recognise and want to explore include: -Practitioners fear of their ability to sensitively hold explorations -prejudice and bias ( Unconscious / conscious) -lack of knowledge, resources, confidence in seeking out training and materials to support explorations -the need for training to embed and explore theories of race, culture and power including trauma, colonialisation, whiteness, white privilege and fragility and conceptualisations of power. There is an urgent need for the predominately white counselling and psychotherapy establishments to take action and to be truly inclusive of race, culture, diversity, otherness and intersectionality. We Look forward to have you be part of some important discussions and support us in talking action. ABOUT Let’s Get Uncomfortable As part of Aashna’s vision to generate dialogues and facilitate change around diverse issues, we have affiliated with the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN), the Minster Centre, Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU) for a series of encounter events to explore and develop a framework for embedding explorations of race, ethnicity, culture and power in counselling and psychotherapy training. OUR AIM To hold a series of encounters exploring race, ethnicity, culture and power within our trainings. Each encounter will be held at Aashna Counselling & Psychotherapy, ending at The Minster Centre, London for the final gathering. We hope that from these discussions involving key organisations and professional bodies we start to create action and change in counselling and psychotherapy trainings. In this series of encounters we invite students, trainers, supervisors, heads of organisations and training organisations of all backgrounds to create dialogues and action around our key question: What would a more inclusive training genuinely look like?
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