Diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism

Recommended anti-racist practices and resources

On 03 August 2020 the co-chairs of the PTMF sub-committee, Jan Bostock and Gilli Watson, submitted an open letter to Sarb Bajwa (BPS CEO) and Hazel McLaughlin (BPS President) calling for further action to promote anti-racist practices and a greater focus on promoting diversity and inclusion within the society and within psychology in general. This letter (and the response) have been made available to read in full below.

They also submitted a letter to Esther Cohen-Tovee (DCP Chair) and Roman Raczka (DCp Chair-Elect) calling for the DCP itself to do more to highlight and address racial injustices, both within psychology and the wider world. This letter has also been made available to read.

Readings, podcasts, films, and blogs

Black and Ethnic Minority Therapy services and Advocacy projects UK

  • Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy
    AASHNA offers therapy to people from diverse backgrounds who struggle to find therapy. Committed to inspiring diverse groups to access therapy and support their psychological health, it has extensive library of anti-racist resources.
  • BAME Stream
    New Alliance of BAME Mental Health Therapists Policy experts, Campaigners, Activists and academics in response to Covid 19
  • Black, African and Asian Therapy Network
    BAATN (London, Midlands, Bristol) is the largest community of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean heritage in the UK, with a directory of 1,000 therapists across UK, and website with book lists, book reviews, blogs, podcasts, articles and resources; training.
  • Black and Asian Counselling Psychologists Group
    The BACPG (part of the Division of Counselling Psychology) is committed to raising the profile of Black and Asian Counselling Psychologists in the UK, shifting the dialogue on race, ethnicity and difference, improving access to appropriate resources for the BME community, highlighting the experiences and impact of racial and ethnic discrimination, eliminating silence around issues of racial and ethnic discrimination.
  • BIPP Network - BME in Psychiatry and Psychology Network
    A network of Black and Minority Ethnic mental health professionals prioritising and advancing ethnic representation within the mental health field.
  • Black Thrive
    A partnership between communities, statutory organisations, voluntary and private sectors, working together to reduce the inequality and injustices experienced by Black people in mental health services.
  • Breaking Mad Team
    Three African women therapists working to change discourse of health in the UK Black Community and push for equitable accessible culturally sensitive approaches for the Black community; building community resilience to combat struggles faced by black people curated by people who look like them @TeamBreakingMad.
  • Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre
    Provides free short term intercultural therapy in 20 + languages for individual couples and groups to people from diverse religious, cultural and ethnic communities in London. It also offers long-term, privately funded therapy.
  • Power the Fight
    Empowering youth communities to end youth violence. Create co-produced/co-designed long term strategies for sustainable structural change.
  • Sistah Space
    Works with African heritage women & girls who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse providing a safe cultural venue for victims to disclose abuse and to encourage community integration. Hackney London.
  • Southall Black Sisters
    Leading advocacy service for Black Asian and African-Caribbean women working to highlight and challenge gender related violence against women advice casework advocacy and counselling.
  • The Maya Centre
    Multi-ethnic, women only counselling service offering free counselling and community support for women experienced gender based violence including from war and conflict for ethnic minority and refugee women in Islington borough.
  • Time To Talk Black
    Focusing on Black Mental Health in the UK. Therapists, psychologists, educators, researchers @TimetoTalkBlack
  • Ubele Initiative
    Social enterprise create partnerships with local, regional, national and international organisations to create innovative solutions for some of our most pressing social, economic and political concerns for African Diaspora community.
  • Women and Girls Network
    Free service for women and girls across London who have experienced all forms of violence and abuse ; individual and group therapy; advocacy and empowerment ; training and consultation.
  • Ain't I a woman. Black Women and Feminism. bell hooks ( 1982) Pluto Classics
  • Black and British: a forgotten history. David Olusoga 2016
  • Black Boy . Richard Wright. 1945.
  • Black British Feminism . Heidi Safia Mirza
  • Black Skin White Masks. Frantz Fannon. 2017, 1952. Pluto.
  • Brit(ish): on Race Identity and Belonging. Afua Hirsch
  • Feminism Interrupted Disrupting Power. Lola Olufeni
  • Hood Feminism : Notes from the Women White Feminists Forgot. Mikki Kendall. Bloomsbury 2020
  • How to Be an Antiracist. Ibram X. Kendi
  • Me and White Supremacy. How to recognise your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World. Layla Saad (2020) . Quercus.
  • Minority Women and Austerity. Bassel and Emejula
  • Race and Class in the Ruins of the Empire. Akala
  • Race, gender and cultural politics. bell hooks (2014). New York: Routledge.
  • Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance Activism and Advocacy for All. 2018. Elisa Camahort Page,Caroline Gerin Jamia Wilson
  • Sister Outsider. 1984. Audre Lorde, Crossing Press
  • So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo.
  • The Bluest Eye and all her writings and novels. Toni Morrison
  • The Black Jacobins . CLR James 1963.
  • The Fire Next Time . James Baldwin
  • The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on Americabooks.google.co.uk › books
  • The Good Immigrantbooks.google.co.uk › books - Essays as above but about living in UK
  • The New Jim Crow. Michelle Alexander
  • There aint no black in the Union Jack Paul Gilroy To exist is to Resist. Black Feminism in Europe. Akwugo Emejuh Francesca Sobande
  • When they call you a Terrorist A Black Lives Matter Memoir. (2018). Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele. Canongate
  • Why I'm no longer Talking (to White People) about Race. Reni Eddo-Lodge (2017)
  • Your silence will not Protect You. Audre Lorde (2017) Silver Press.