“Racist ideas love believers not thinkers.”
– Ibram X Kendi
We are a small representative group of psychologists meeting as a task force to review, amend and further develop the DCP draft action plan aimed at supporting and enhancing EDI within the DCP, specifically in response to concerns over whiteness, marginalisation and racism. We hope to both support and drive initiatives within the DCP to embed Inclusivity at the heart of our practice as applied psychologists.
So often when we turn to the work of EDI “guilt and defensiveness are bricks in a wall against which we all flounder.” Since our inaugural meeting on Friday 2nd October, discussions have been energised and energising, benefitting from the knowledge and experience of a diverse range of professionals and people with lived experience in our group. It has been invaluable to have psychologists represented on the Task and Finish Group from all stages of their careers and working in a varied manner of settings: clinical, community-based and academic. Short biographies detailing our individual professional backgrounds and commitment to this work are soon to be added to the Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism section of the BPS website.
As we embark on our review of the draft action plan, our work has centred around gaining clarity over the systems and subsystems of the DCP and BPS. Further updates on the direction of the review will be shared in the new year alongside what we hope will be progress reports on our achievements. We are liaising with leading professionals in the field of equality and equity external to the DCP and BPS including Roger Kline and Joy Warmington: this consultation will inform our action plan going forward. Additionally, Shazma and I have found it helpful to have a voice on the DCP Executive Committee and as members of the BPS Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Finally, we are fortunate to have highly dedicated colleagues from other key subcommittees such as the Group of Trainers In Clinical Psychology, Minorities in Clinical Psychology Group, Pre-Qualification Group and representation from the DCP Covid Workstream joining us to ensure EDI & Anti-Racism Task & Finish Group is more impactful, better informed and co-ordinated.
Please get in touch if you are interested in finding out more about our work.
- Dr Alan Kessedjian and Dr Shazma Thabusum
Kendi How to be Antiracist 2019
Lorde The uses of Anger: Women responding to racism 1981