A Half Day with Nerissa McDonald
Join Nerissa for this essential and important workshop exploring Race & Racism in Therapy. This is one of a series of Anti-Racism trainings Nerissa is running with The Sunflower Network across 2022 which can be attended individually, as a selection or as the full series of trainings.
Race and racism is everywhere including the therapy room. Everyone belongs to a particular group which is dependent on the colour of their skin. Understanding the social construction of racism and how its implications are dangerous to those that it was formed to discriminate against. The therapy room is a space which should be and feel safe. Those who enter should feel understood and not judged and be able to speak their truth unapologetically.
Participants will gain an understanding in the following:
- What is race?
- What is racism?
- How your presence affects therapy sessions
- Unconscious bias, what is it?
- The power of silence
- How to notice power struggles and shifts in the therapeutic relationship
- Self-reflection being the key to understanding
- Using our voice to name what is happening in the room
- Using creativity as an opening for exploration
Through discussions in breakout rooms, sharing and reflection, we will think together how best to sensitively support our black clients and their families.
Descriptions of trainings have purposefully been kept brief. The training style will be varied and interactive. There will be handouts provided and recommended reading suggestions.
Self Care Notice:
Please note that this training is very emotive and deals with complex issues around race and racism. It is strongly advised that participants have a friend or partner on standby to share their thoughts and feelings with after the training. Doing something that you enjoy after the training is highly recommended too.
There will be handouts provided and recommended reading suggestions.
This is one of a series of Anti-Racism trainings Nerissa is running with The Sunflower Network across 2022 which can be attended individually, as a selection or as the full series of trainings. Other dates and themes across the series are as follows:
- May 14th: Black Trauma in Therapy
- July 2nd: Language & Respect
- September 24th: Black Issues & Experiences
Please see the individual event pages for more detailed content.
Nerissa is a Black Integrative Child and Adolescent psychotherapist. Nerissa has a BA in Music Industry Management and Marketing, an MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy which she gained at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE) and is also a Certified Cyber Therapist. She is a registered member of BACP and a UKCP accredited Child and Adolescent psychotherapist.
As a Black woman in the UK, Nerissa is well versed to Racism. Her first racial experience was as a young child. Now as an adult the racial injustices continues. Nerissa is a mother to two small children and works as a therapist in a Primary school in Islington. Nerissa first started her career working in the music industry. Her dream as a child was to either become an Artist or to discover artists and help them to flourish and live their dream. An unexpected change came along when she saw an advert for a job in a Children’s centre. The rest as they say is history.
After graduating, Nerissa knew as a Black therapist she would need to develop and learn new skills to further help her clients especially those who identify as Black. Noticing themes of racism, oppression, isolation and hopelessness, Nerissa has been trying to find ways to support and give a voice to the feelings that for some have been suppressed. Nerissa went on to train as a Master in challenging racism in therapeutic practice and black issues with Dr. Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga who is a retired transcultural psychotherapist, author, lecturer, trainer and supervisor. Working alongside Isha and learning about her work as a therapist has provided concepts and offered the language to help Nerissa further understand the work she has been doing with the children and families she works with.
Having been awakened and inspired, Nerissa has vowed to help continue the legacy of Isha’s work by helping other therapists of all backgrounds reflect on their work with Black children and families. Nerissa’s desire to support people and inspire them to free their minds and open their hearts has motivated her to become the founder of Awakening Our Roots.
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CERTIFICATES & RESOURCES
The ticket price includes any handouts the trainer may wish to share with you – which will be sent out AFTER the event has taken place – and a CPD certificate.
WAYS TO PAY
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All bookings to be paid in full except where private arrangements have been made to pay in instalments and agreed by us. Tickets &/ or any instalment payments are non-refundable once payment has been made. You can re-sell or transfer your ticket to another attendee up ...
All bookings to be paid in full except where private arrangements have been made to pay in instalments and agreed by us. Tickets &/ or any instalment payments are non-refundable once payment has been made. You can re-sell or transfer your ticket to another attendee up to 24 hours before the event opens - as long as we have notice in writing with their name. On request The Sunflower Network Ltd. may be able to help advertise and/or facilitate any re-sales but this will incur an admin fee of £15.00 to cover our costs including subsequent charges we receive from the ticket providers. Please note The Sunflower Network Ltd. cannot ever guarantee a successful re-sale and responsibility for finding a new purchaser remains with the original ticket holder at all times. No transfer or refund will be considered for a 'no show' on the day of the event for whatever reason.
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