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Action not words II: Negotiating multiple identities

Friday 17th October 2014 at University of East London


  • To consider the issue of multiple identities with reference to issues of equality and diversity.
  • To promote the development of psychology services that are relevant and accessible to people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in the U.K.
  • To provide a reflective space for psychologists to critically discuss issues and develop professional practice around "race" and culture. To consider themes around sameness and difference.
  • Disseminate psychological information and knowledge about issues of "race" and culture.
  • Liaise with other bodies including other BPS groups, voluntary organizations, service user groups and community groups to develop and strengthen psychological practice and service delivery to BME groups.

Learning outcomes:

  • To develop further awareness of discrimination in its many forms and it effects on clients, services, professionals and its overall impact on psychological work.
  • Continue to ensure that psychology services are 'fit-for-purpose'.
  • To enable psychologists to consider and challenge multiple discriminations.
  • To develop knowledge in relation to the negotiation of multiple identities and the impact/contribution of culture, race and context.
  • To encourage the development and application of cultural competence in individual psychologists, groups of professionals, and educational and health institutions to the needs of people from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities.

Who is the course intended for?

Applied Psychologists at all levels of the profession including students, and trainees, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Health professionals and Social workers.

Keynote Presentations

Migration and its effect on individual identity
Dr Elaine Arnold, Retired Social Work Lecturer

Human rights, social justice and psychology
Dr Nimisha Patel, Clinical Psychologist & Professor Rachel Tribe, Counselling & Occupational Psychologist

Globalization of 'mental health' and 'mental illness'. Implications for the Global South
Dr Suman Fernando, Psychiatrist

Cross-cultural neuropsychology: from bigotry, through bias, to interaction
Dr Matthew Jones Chester, Consultant Neuro-psychologist

Morning Workshop Choices

Culturally adapted CBT
Rashmi Shankar

Developing our cultural strengths
Mala German & Sarah Patrick

Impact of history on black women's identity
Yetunde Ade-Serrano & Ohemaa Nkansa-Dwamena

Making psychology relevant to refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant women who are living with HIV: building strengths, making connections, taking action
Angela Byrne, Jane Tungana and participants of Positive East's Re:Assure Women's Project

Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People within a More Inclusive Culture
Jey Monsen

Afternoon Workshop Choices

Cognitive assessment and cross-cultural issues
Matthew Jones-Chester

Connecting individuals, families and communities: resilience across the life course with disabled people
Jackie Akhurst, Rebecca Lawthom and Gemma Yarwood

Impact of psychological services for ethnic minority populations
Neelam Dosanjh

Responses to mental health: Developing partnerships with BME third sector organisations, lessons and challenges
Rani Nagulendaram, Anthony Salla, Dilanthi Weerasinghe & Rachel Tribe

'The Marlborough Cultural Therapy Centre: A 20 Year Trajectory
Anne Miller & Dr Rakhee Haque

When completing the booking form to select the workshops you will be attending.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Friday 17th October 2014

09:00Registration and Coffee / Tea
09:30Welcome from organising committee
09:40Globalization of ‘mental health’ and ‘mental illness’. Implications for the Global South - Suman Fernand
10:20Human rights, social justice and psychology - Nimisha Patel and Rachel Tribe
11:00Refreshment break
11:30Workshop 1 (choice of 5)
13:15Migration and its effect on individual identity - Elaine Arnold
13:55Cross-cultural neuropsychology: from bigotry, through bias, to interaction - Matthew Jones-Chester
14:35Refreshment break
15:00Workshop 2 (choice of 5)


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