[* Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic]
Unit 1: Racism as trauma | 1pm-3:30pm | Monday 19th July
Unit 2: Inherited distress: transgenerational trauma | 9am-11:30am | Friday 23rd July
Unit 3: Encoded norms: institutionalised racism | 1pm-3:30pm | Monday 26th July
Unit 4: Daily disregard: interpersonal racism | 9am-11:30am | Friday 30th July
Unit 5: The unsaid sinks inwards: internalised racism | 1pm-3:30pm | Monday 2nd August
Unit 6: Towards healing: thriving against the odds | 9am-11:30am | Friday 6th August
This six-unit course explores how the experience of racism can be helpfully understood as trauma. We use a trauma-informed approach to making sense of the many impacts of racism on the mental health of people of colour. We draw particularly on the work of Camara Jones, Farhad Dalal, Guilaine Kinouani and Judith Herman, but the course is also profoundly informed by the lived experiences of our service users, parents and carers of services users, clinical and non-clinical colleagues.
The course gently leads us through the continuing effects of transgenerational racial trauma (historical as well as familial), as well as the everyday impacts of institutional, interpersonal, and internalised racism. We will explore what each of these means, what it feels like to experience them and how to recognise them when they happen. We will also think about how we can minimise the traumatic impact of these experiences.
The sessions will be in the Microsoft Teams Meeting format, which means we will be able to see and hear each other, have group discussions, and share experiences and helpful tips. These sessions won’t be recorded, so you’ll need to be able to make the live sessions.
If you’d like to take part in the course:
Please complete this online expression of interest/participation agreement form:
There are 30 places available on the course. If more than 30 students apply, we will allocate the places by lottery.
SLaM Recovery College’s new suite of BAME courses
Although this project was initially inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, we are not aligned to or affiliated with any political aims of this or any other organisation. Our purpose is to use education to expose and address ongoing systemic failings throughout society, to raise awareness, and to discover and explore what might most help us all move forward together.
The general aim of this set of courses is to re-programme thinking around racism. We do this by providing a reflective space where it is possible to explore the lived experience of racism along with its many social and psychological impacts on BAME people, non-BAME people and on society as a whole.
This space is provided to raise questions and discover solutions that have a positive impact on the lived experience of BAME people within our culture. Our intention is to help facilitate understanding and growth in those parts of our culture where discrimination, injustice and persecution of people perceived to be different still persist.
We have already run the four-part course Being an Ally (which we’ll be offering again soon); the other courses in this project will be:
· Uncomfortable Truths: the experiences of BAME people in mental health services
· Colourism: perception, prejudice and identity