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Reflecting on marginalised groups in psychological practice: can we truly be an ally?

Monday 9th July 2018 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

The Minorities in Clinical Psychology of the Division of Clinical Psychology Pre-qualification Training Group is a group passionate about equality and diversity who are committed to the development and sustainability of the profession of clinical psychology and mental health services as a whole.

We are excited to announce our 2018 conference ‘Reflecting on marginalised groups in psychological practice: can we truly be an ally?.’

The conference will provide an opportunity to hear from:

  • Michaela Booth
  • Guilaine Kinouani
  • Amamassa Kpognon
  • Dr Jay Watts

In addition to the keynote speakers, there will be an opportunity to join reflective groups and reflect on the challenges that come with becoming an ally and how we can support marginalised communities within and outside of our practices.

INTEGRATE and motivate

MAC-UK was born in 2008 with community psychology at its heart. The vision of the charity is to transform mental health services for excluded young people. It was the creation of a clinical psychologist and a group of marginalised young people who were often labelled as gang members or offenders. MAC-UK staff focused on utilising the community assets that the young men held. With co-production at the heart, the young people helped the psychologist better understand the community and develop a service that worked effectively with the target group. MAC-UK staff and youth consultants continue to apply a whole systems community psychology approach, working directly and indirectly to change how mental health services and along with other services in the community are designed and delivered.

The cost of silence in oppression: Vicarious trauma and moral injury?

Much has been written about the trauma and injuries marginalised groups experience in their day to day life and, in work settings due to them being Othered. Often the resulting distress is compounded by the silence that surrounds their experience. What seems to be reflected upon much less, is the impact that witnessing such trauma may have, particularly when we see oppression and/or injustice and take no action. Complicity and/or apathy in the face of insidious trauma may have a psychological impact both on those left unsupported and on bystanders. In this session Guilaine and Amamassa will facilitate some reflections on prior experiences of apathy and silence from mutiple perspectives using key psychological & analytical concepts. This interactive talk will include an experiential exercise and a discussion.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Identifying the challenges, pitfalls and problems in becoming an ally
  • Reflecting on marginalised groups
  • Contributing ideas for an action plan to becoming a good ally
  • Applying this in psychology practise

Who is this course intended for?

The course is open to aspiring psychologists, trainees and qualified psychologists, service users and carers and those interested in the field of mental health and supporting marginalised groups.

Find out more about the minorities group

Minorities Group Website
Email: mnrte.pgalcmioiisc@mi.o
Facebook: Minorities in Clinical Psychology Training Group
Twitter: ‪@MinoritiesGroup

Please note, this event is credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking. If you need an invoice, please submit your booking form and contact us.

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


Monday 9th July 2018

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

09:45Opening Remarks - Runa Dawood
10:00Dr Jay Watts - Is it possible to be a psychologist and an ally?
11:15Ryan McGillivary & Jamel Fraser (MAC-UK) - INTEGRATE and Motivate
12:15Reflective groups
13:30Dr Guilaine Kinouani & Amamassa Kpognon - Racial Trauma at Work and Organisation Apathy
14:45Michaela Booth - Diversity: A Culture Change
15:30Reflective groups
16:30Feedback from the attendees of the solutions discussed
16:45Closing remarks
17:00Event Close

Speakers and Facilitators

Michaela Booth

Michaela Booth is an undergrad Criminology student and Longford Trust Scholar. After serving two years in a female prison, she was released and pursued a career in the criminal justice sector, securing a job as a National Patient Engagement Lead with Care UK. Michaela’s passion is for equality and diversity for marginalised groups. She has been a prison leaver mentor and worked in prison in reach for a local women’s centre. Currently sits on the Care UK diversity and inclusion steering group for Health in Justice. Her early childhood experiences saw her living in home with parents who were heroin addicts and after being suspended from school numerous times, she found herself in prison and that was the turning point in her life which enabled her to focus on working towards a career that enabled her to champion inclusive practice and appreciation of diversity.

Guilaine Kinouani

Guilaine is a feminist, an equality consultant and three times award nominated writer in the final stages of her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Before this, she completed a degree in Cultural Studies and studied Counseling Psychology after obtaining a Masters in Transcultural Mental Health. Guilaine has also completed further studies in group analysis and psychoanalysis.

Professionally, Guilaine has worked with some of the most marginalized and disenfranchised groups in various roles, and as a result she is particularly interested in liberatory, radical and critical psychology and in more socially informed approaches to working with people in distress. Guilaine has been engaged in developing more socio-politically informed psychological models of formulation and intervention rooted in the lived experience of the oppressed and marginalised.

In her article Epistemic Homelessness, and TEDx TalkGuilaine explores the complexities of attempting to craft a sense of home and belonging within alienating and oppressive social systems and, the impact of such experiences on the mental health marginalised groups. To find out more about Guilaine’s work please visit

Amamassa Kpognon

Amamassa Kpognon’s has been living in London since 2014. Her research interests include probing into neo-liberal and colonial appropriation of knowledge and the effects of racism and white privilege on mental health. She is committed to fostering activism and empowerment through political education and community organising. She takes a particular interest in sustainability and permaculture and is a trained doula and breastfeeding supporter. Amamassa has studied political science, philosophy, economics and literature in Paris before completing a degree in psychology. She keeps being inspired by Octavia Butler, Bell Hooks, Audrey Lordeand Grada Kilomba’ strive towards decolonising imagination.

“How much of this truth can I bear to see
and still live
How much of this pain
can I use?”
Audrey Lorde

Amamassa is currently in Post as an Assistant Psychologist working closely with Guilaine on various clinical and research activities focussed on racism and mental health. She will co-facilitate the workshop on ‘the cost of silence in oppression’

Dr Jay Watts

Dr Jay Watts is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and sometime Lacanian. She has been Clinical Lead for a number of large NHS psychotherapy teams, been a Research Lead for a mental health trust, and taught as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. Jay writes regularly for the Guardian and The Independent and consults to media organisations. She devotes much of her time to mental health activism and believes the personal is political. Jay spends more time than is healthy tweeting as @Shrink_at_Large.


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