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Coming soon: Race, Culture and Diversity - A Collection of Articles

Below is a letter from Dr Yetunde Ade-Serrano, Dr Ohemaa Nkansa-Dwamena and Dr Maureen McIntosh explaining the upcoming booklet. 

These articles have been written by Counselling Psychologists and build on a dialogue we are keen to engage with, as well as continue to cultivate. Thus, we invite all applied psychologists to develop their own critical platform from which they will develop an understanding of the varied embedded perspectives, explorations, learnings and meanings.

People of colour often experience power disparities regarding their ethnic position. This publication demonstrates a need, importance, and urgency that we all use our skills as reflexive practitioners to learn about ourselves and others, not only within the context of clinical and research practice, but also when we interact as professionals.

The editors of this booklet are from an ethnic minority and work tirelessly to raise awareness of race and culture within our training, practice and profession as a whole. This is particularly relevant within our environment, who we are as people, and the events happening around us at present. In our history, implicitly and explicitly, ethnic minorities have been taught to be quiet and respectful of the dominant voice, or have been silenced in attempts to challenge this. We are in an acknowledged privileged position where we have the freedom to choose our own position - this for us is the legacy we hope other marginalised individuals will adopt.

This booklet was produced in part to celebrate our identities as Counselling Psychologists from varied backgrounds but also to address a central issue of race and culture.

Look out for our launch … we look forward to welcoming you and also visit the Black and Asian Counselling Psychologists Group. (This letter is available for download)

 

Dr Yetunde Ade-Serrano, Dr Ohemaa Nkansa-Dwamena, Dr Maureen McIntosh

C.Psychol, Chartered Psychologist, AFBPsS
HCPC Registered Practitioner Counselling Psychologist