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Black intimacy: awareness, misconceptions and applications

Wednesday 18th June 2014

This event was cancelled

Black intimacy goes beyond the injection of a sexual attraction. It can and indeed exists in the form of connectedness within the relationship between a client and her therapist, a therapist and his/her organisation. Black intimacy as we see it is a deconstructed ideology, a mortal subject with minimal open dialogue within the Black and Asian community.

It is the aim of this conference to resurrect the relevance of how we develop, maintain and nurture our intimate relationships focusing on frameworks for those individuals from Black and Asian communities.

Delegates attending this conference will:

1. develop a greater understanding of the nature of intimacy as it may be represented when working with culturally diverse populations
2. be able to bravely reflect on individual awareness of construction and maintenance of intimacy styles and how this plays out within clinical practice
3. assess and identify client attachment styles and its presentation, and the impact on the intimate client/therapist relationship
4. make sense of the way cultural learning underpins intimacy not just within the therapeutic relation but also within organisations


Black and Asian Counselling Psychologists' Group (BACPG) was formed in recognition of the need to have a sense of belonging. Formed under the auspices of the BPS division of Counselling Psychology we work within her ethos and rules of the BPS, contributing to its mission.

Our mission is to invest in ourselves as individuals and professionals valuing our identities, culturally and professionally. We aspire to enhance our ways of practicing, through enriching our knowledge, and maintaining and safeguarding our integrity.
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Wednesday 18th June 2014

09:00Registration and Refreshments
09:30Keynote Presentation, Rotimi Akinsete
10:15Breakout discussion group
11:00Refreshment Break
11:15Keynote Presentation, Carmen Joanne Ablack
12:00Breakout discussion group

Speakers and Facilitators

Carmen Joanne Ablack

Carmen is a UKCP registered integrative and body psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer and works with individuals, groups, couples and organisations. She also works as a trained mediator and coach.

Her theoretical, clinical, consultancy and teaching experience includes integrative and relational approaches; gestalt body psychotherapy; intercultural, sexual and diversity work; working with creativity and performance; somatic trauma therapy and transpersonal approaches in the psychological therapies. She delivers organisational development consultancy and organisational and clinical supervision, training and teaching.

Carmen has been teaching psychotherapy, counseling and other psychological approaches to therapy since the 1980's in the UK and abroad. She has published a book chapter and various articles on psychotherapy theory, intercultural approaches, contemporary practice and standards of practice and development, including co-writing and collating the national professional o

Rotimi Akinsete

Rotimi Akinsete is a therapeutic counsellor and clinical supervisor with extensive experience in community and NHS counselling services. He is currently a member of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility and an active member of a national committee within the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

He is the founder and director of 'Black Men on the Couch', a special interest project focusing on psychotherapy and identity politics of African and Caribbean men and boys.

Rotimi formerly held a post as service lead for adolescent counselling for the North East London NHS Foundation Trust where he managed a team dealing with diverse and challenging issues and has worked as a trainer, independent facilitator and advisor on various international transformational leadership programmes.

Rotimi is currently the acting Director of Wellbeing at the University of Surrey.


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