Sunflower March Soirée : Neil Young on Intersectionality

Friday 11 March 2022 7-9pm Online

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An Evening with Neil Young

Our March Soirée will feature the brilliant Neil Young who will be exploring how ideas of intersectionality and power relate to our lives, identities and our work with children and young people.

The talk will take place between 7 and 9pm, which includes some discussion time both within the larger group and in breakout rooms. A peer networking session is offered between 6.15pm and 6.45pm – see below for further details.

 

Content Summary: 

Power and privilege can be slippery things to get a firm hold of, caught up as they are in the structural, historic and ongoing impact of conscious and unconscious systemic and individual prejudice. The inescapable landscape of power that we are all born into – largely influenced by the internalised beliefs, lived experiences and material realities of our families and wider community – often sets the tone for our ‘expected’ place in the world.

Right now, we can feel the impact of contemporary social justice campaigns, such as Black Lives Matter and #MeToo and their drive for us to recognise and counter the enduring traumas of racism and misogyny. We are also seeing a Government and press and social media-led reaction to progressive change – so-called ‘culture wars’ against ‘wokeness’– which seek to target and scapegoat already marginalised individuals and communities, including trans children and their families, Muslims, Travellers and refugees.

Yet discussions about power in and outside of the therapy room can result in our nervous systems, and those of our clients, becoming flooded with shame, anger and fear, that if we do not attend to will encourage avoidance and defensiveness.

How can we bring awareness to the embodied differences, such as age, gender, race, (dis)abilities, class and sexuality, and allow them to be in relationship with our child clients – and the inner child within our adult clients – so that we do not shut them down or collude with internalised prejudice whilst facilitating opportunities to process trauma and work with difference?

This is, of course, easier said than done: there is no simple toolkit and this is a lifelong process – one of raising awareness, reflecting on how we work and then using courage and curiosity to permit ourselves to make mistakes, feel uncomfortable and improve our practice towards all our clients.

Come join Neil, for a rich evening, grappling with our sense of power, privilege and experience of discrimination, as he offers up a safe, open space to dive into this powerful, important work together.

Neil will offer up a space for small and whole group discussion, share contemporary research and use the creative arts* to help our exploration and practice.

Book now, as places will be limited.

 

*Using the Creative Arts 

Before we meet, do also gather whatever art materials (paint, crayons, stickers, postcards, loo roll holders, toys, leaves – whatever you have, like or can get your hands on) as we will be creating during the session.

 

Peer Networking

Before the main talk from each month’s featured speaker, our Sunflower Soirées also offer the opportunity to take part in a facilitated peer networking session using breakout rooms between 6.15pm and 6.45pm.

If you would like to be involved, doors will ‘open’ just after 6pm. It’s a great chance to chat, network and get to know some new friends and colleagues. You can just turn up on the evening – although you need to arrive by 6.15pm at the latest to be included – plus we do invite everyone who’s booked to let us know in advance by email so we can get an idea of attendance.

The networking session is optional and of course you’re welcome just to join us for the main talk at 7pm (doors will open from 6.45pm onwards)

 

Further Learning

Neil will be offering a full day workshop on this subject for The Sunflower Network on 5th November 2022 (10 – 4.30pm). Please see our event page for details.

 

About Neil:

Neil is an experienced integrative art psychotherapist, facilitator and youth worker with a longstanding interest in exploring gender and sexual identities.

Neil designs and holds creative spaces in which children, young people and adults – and the professionals who work with them – can explore their diverse experiences and identities, against the persistent impact of anti-LGBT prejudice, in safe and interactive ways. For professionals, this includes trainings, lectures, workshops and embodied performances working with therapist, counsellors, youth-, social- and mental health-workers and other professionals and organisations.

Neil’s background also includes 25 years’ experience as a researcher and queer community advocate, including founding Mosaic LGBT Young People’s Trust in northwest London and working as an LGBT advisor to the first two Mayors of London.

In 2017 Neil published ‘Young People: Not Straight, Not Narrow’ in the BACP University & College Journal after interviewing counsellors, therapists, academics and youth workers across the country. The article explores ongoing, emerging trends in gender and sexual identification among children and young people and offers advice for affirmative therapeutic practice.

Neil currently works 4 days/week as an integrative arts psychotherapist in private practice in London and teaches at the Institute for Arts & Therapy in Education (IATE).

 

RECORDINGS: 

Please note – The Sunflower Network does not record events for purchase or view at a later date. All our events are ‘as live’. This is to safeguard the nurturing and contained environment we create online in order to maintain our culture of safe, private and supported interactivity and sharing.

 

Booking Terms & Conditions

All donations towards this evening help to keep The Sunflower Network active & operational during these challenging times, and because of this we won't be able to offer any discounts or refunds for any donations received. Thank you very much for your interest and for your support. ...

All donations towards this evening help to keep The Sunflower Network active & operational during these challenging times, and because of this we won't be able to offer any discounts or refunds for any donations received. Thank you very much for your interest and for your support.