Session 2 of 3 – Exploring Racism: Childhood Experiences and their lifelong impact
Racism in the UK is nothing new, given Britain’s role in colonialism, the slave trade, and more recently the Windrush scandal (Eddo-Lodge, 2018).
The field of psychology has also played a major role in perpetuating racism, such as with the development of intelligence tests as part of the eugenics movement (Appiah, 2018).
When considering the current state of clinical psychology the existence and impact of institutional racism is gradually being recognised (Fernando, 2017), alongside the recognition that clinical psychology is a profession dominated by white people (90.4% white in 2013, Health and Social Care Information Centre, 2014).
When considering the current role of psychology for individuals from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds “there is overwhelming evidence that clinical psychology services continue to fail to meet the needs of minority populations” (Goodbody and Burns, 2011).
BME groups experience more adverse pathways into mental health care (Islam, Rabiee & Singh, 2015), with black people disproportionately diagnosed with mental health difficulties, given medication over therapy, and admitted to inpatient units (McInnis, 2017).
Moreover, it is increasingly recognised that most psychological models are Western and Eurocentric in their thinking about socio-cultural factors and how distress is experienced and expressed (Williams, Turpin, & Hardy, 2006; Turpin & Coleman, 2010; McInnis, 2017).
This webinar is aimed at Psychologists/mental health professionals working in the South West.
Malaika Kegode is a writer, performer and producer based in Bristol. She has worked with a number of organisations including Roundhouse, Historic England, Elstree Studios and the BBC. In 2020, Malaika’s debut theatre show Outlier - was commissioned by Bristol Old Vic after two scratch performances as part of their Ferment season. Malaika’s work has been displayed at the Arnolfini and in 2018 she was included in the BME Power List, celebrating Bristol’s 100 most influential black & minority ethnic people. Outside of her poetry work, Malaika studies film, and has worked as a programme selector for Encounters and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Her two poetry collections Requite (2017) and Thalassic (2020) were published by Burning Eye Books.
Claire is a clinical psychologist who worked from 2002 to 2007 in London with asylum -seeking families as well as unaccompanied young people. Since 2007 she has continued to work with young people in care proceedings, foster care and adoption in Dorset.
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