Trauma Conference 2020
Black Trauma: When it presents in the therapy room
Saturday 31st October 2020 – Online
This extraordinary year 2020 has seen a worldwide acknowledgment and rise in the traumatic experiences that Black people have been experiencing for many years. Covid-19, the murder of George Floyd, and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests have led to old psychological wounds resurfacing and new ones cutting through.
Trauma conference 2020 pays homage to the black experience and invites all psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, and other mental health practitioners to a therapeutic and reflective space where we can come together to acknowledge and consider the emotional impact of trauma on black people.
Through the presentations and workshops, this event offers the potential for greater insight and understanding into the importance of creating safe felt spaces for black trauma to feel welcomed and understood in the therapy room.
Dr Dwight Turner is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Brighton, lecturing on their PG Dip and MSc courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, and a part-time lecturer at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London.
He completed his PhD through the University of Northampton and the CCPE in 2017. His phenomenological and heuristic study used transpersonal and creative techniques such as visualisations, drawing and sand play work to explore the unconscious intersectional nature of privilege and otherness. An activist, writer and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy, Dr Turner can be contacted via his website
Keren Yeboah is a final year trainee clinical psychologist at the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology. She is currently working within the NHS where she hopes to specialise within child and adolescent services.
Keren has strong links to community and third sector organisations and believes in the power of community building as a way of improving wellbeing. Her interests are in the areas of relational trauma and in better understanding how community contributes to healing.
Ebinehita is the founder of Milk and HoneyBees, a creative and expressive space for Black Girls to flourish and put H.E.R (Healing, Empowerment and Resilience) first. Ebinehita, is also a youth practitioner working with young people who come into contact with the youth justice system at Divert Youth and those who are impacted by violence in the community.
She has extensive experience working directly with young people using holistic, relational and creative methods to support their needs, as well as working with multi-agency professionals across systems and decision making. Ebinehita is currently training as a Child and Adolescent therapeutic wellbeing practitioner at IATE.
Sharon Frazer-Carroll is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority & Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Applied Psychology at the Open University. She has over 30 years’ experience in psychological therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy, medical hypnotherapy and psychodynamic counselling. She currently practises both from her private practice and a Charity in North London. Sharon has specific interest in Transgenerational Trauma and in 2018 founded the organisation Time to Talk Black which provides alternative low-cost opportunities for the community to share experiences which support psychological wellbeing.
Sharon is also an occupational psychologist and a recognised expert in vocational education. Working nationally and internationally she has successfully delivered on over 200 government funded projects – developing competence-based qualification frameworks in an array of contexts, ranging from frameworks for teaching in Macedonia, to oil refinery in Texas and health and social care in the UK. The UK’s assessor and verifier awards which must be held by all trainers on government funded projects were developed by her in 2010 when they became a statutory requirement.
Directing her expertise in occupational analysis to the field of psychotherapy, Sharon is now undertaking research looking at the extent to which race is incorporated in the training of therapists. Undertaking doctoral research at Exeter University, her aim is to develop nationally agreed competences which help promote existing race related programmes and support the coverage of race as a core aspect of therapist’s professional formation.
Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga is a Published Writer/Poet and has over thirty years’ experience as an Integrative Transcultural Psychotherapist, Lecturer, trainer, supervisor and Reiki Master She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has published chapters in Working Interculturally in Counselling Settings  The Handbook of Transcultural Counselling and Psychotherapy  and Making Research Matter . Isha has worked in mental health, with women impacted by violence in relationships and as a student counsellor.
Her approach facilitates dialogue and exploration of oppression, internalised oppression, stereotyping and power relationships. Now semi-retired she facilitates online Transcultural supervision and therapeutic support. She has created a series of workshops supporting her books Black Issues in the Therapeutic Process. Palgrave Macmillan Publishers  and The Challenge of Racism in Therapeutic Practice