Healing Dialogues: the process of inclusive practice

With Eugene Ellis & Carmen Joanne Ablack

Over the past year, UKAGP online gatherings (CPD/AGM/Community Day and Conference) have involved us noticing and sharing the impact of the wider social, health and political field conditions on our own lives, and on the lives of our clients. Feedback on these events indicated that participants recognised the high cost of Covid on the mental health of the population, and especially on marginalised and oppressed groups. Participants also indicated that they valued opportunities to learn how to build bridges with individuals who have been harmed by oppressive field conditions, both historical and contemporary. The community further indicated that it would be good to include some less well-known keynote presenters/facilitators. We have sought to honour these perspectives in our planning for this September’s conference, and hope that our title reflects the wishes of our community.  

We are particularly excited that we are able to meet face to face again this year. This presents the conference organising team with an exciting opportunity to be creative, and to ensure the structure of the day is varied, stimulating and enlivening. 

In order to maximise opportunities for contact and dialogue during the conference day, we will once more hold our AGM together with a community meeting separately online. This will take place on 18th July, and more details will follow in due course.

We hope you too will be excited by the prospect of our face to face conference and put the date in your diary. We have worked hard to keep prices even lower than the cost of our one day conference in Birmingham in 2018.  We are grateful to The Wesley Hotel for offering us a very special deal so that we can celebrate meeting face to face again.

Please click here for information on booking your place.

Eugene Ellis

Eugene Ellis is an activist, writer, psychotherapist and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality. He is also the founder and director of The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN), a network of therapists committed, passionate and actively engaged in addressing the psychological needs of Black, African and South Asian people in the UK. His book, ‘The Race Conversation: An essential guide to creating life-changing dialogue’, explores the intersection of race and trauma, the non-verbal communication of race and how we might navigate oppressive patterns. 

Carmen Joanne Ablack

Integrative and Body Psychotherapist, Gestalt Psychotherapist, Group Psychotherapist and Supervisor. National and international teaching includes diversity and intersectionality, relational Body Psychotherapy and Gestalt – somatic trauma, groupwork, couples and relationship therapy. Offers supervision, training, coaching and mentoring in diversity, embodied relational practice, and mental health.

Publications include a chapter in Contemporary Body PsychotherapyThe Chiron Approach, articles including Introduction to Body PsychotherapyBody Psychotherapy, Trauma and the Black Woman Client. Recently: Finding our Intercultural Ground  in International Journal of Body Psychotherapy Vol.18,2, 2019/20 and a chapter in Intercultural Therapy (2019) (eds Ababio, B. & Littlewood, R.)

Carmen is currently President of European Association for Body Psychotherapy and member of the Black, African & Asian Therapy Network Leadership Group, where she also sits on the External Relations Group.