Resource description:

Keeping Well North Central London (NCL) is proud to offer this free interactive, experiential workshop for all health and social care staff across North Central London. These cultural competency trainings are aimed at helping staff to make strategic changes to promote intercultural awareness and practice within health and care organisations.

The six-hour experiential workshop aims to develop participants’ self-awareness and awareness of experiences of institutional racism and oppression, in order to enhance empathetic intercultural communication and apply this in a range of health and care settings. Our intention is that attendees will go on to share their learning and feel empowered to propose actions to enhance intercultural awareness within their teams and organisations.

This workshop will be delivered by the Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre. 

Who is this intercultural awareness workshop for?  

The intercultural awareness workshop is open to all health and social care staff working for North Central London Organisations. Following the workshop, the expectation is that attendees will share their learning and feel empowered to propose actions which will enhance intercultural awareness within their staff teams. 

Cultural and inclusivity awareness is everyone’s business and includes a range of skills that help people think, feel and behave in a way that leads to effective and sensitive communication with people from cultures other than their own. After this workshop, anyone curious about exploring their own processes, whether from dominant or minority groups, will be more attuned to the impact of their interactions and engagements with others.

Please note that spaces are limited and KeepingWell NCL may monitor the number of spaces allocated to each organisation in order to ensure equity of access across the system. We therefore recommend that teams and organisations think strategically about nominating staff who are well-placed to benefit from, share and utilise this learning.

What will be covered during the workshop?   

  • Institutional racism/domination/oppression: Participants will explore how people from minority communities cope with internal and external experiences of persecution. These will be framed not only within a historical context but also in the context of more recent events including the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement which have heightened the visibility of injustices and their impact particularly among Black Asian, African, and Minority Ethnic communities.  
  • The social and healthcare organisational context: Drawing on case studies, the workshop will explore how heightened tensions and felt inequalities might be manifesting in your places of work and how intercultural awareness and sensitivity (or lack thereof) might be impacting staff teams and service users.  
  • Foundation for sharing learning and taking action: The last part of the workshop will provide a space for participants to start thinking about how they can share their learning and devise an initial action plan to enhance intercultural awareness within their staff teams.  

About Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre

Nafsiyat provides accessible psychotherapy and counselling services to people from diverse religious, cultural and ethnic communities in London.

The Nafsiyat team is made up of experienced psychotherapists and counsellors from diverse backgrounds who are sensitive to the particular therapeutic needs of cultural minority groups. The centre provides short-term intercultural therapy in over 20 different languages.

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Nafsiyat also deliver KeepingWell NCL’s new Intercultural Therapy Pathway for health and social care staff members in North Central London. This pathway provides psychotherapy & counselling services sensitive to the particular therapeutic needs of cultural minority groups.

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About the facilitators

The workshop will be delivered by one of the following leads:

Charles Brown is a practicing Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, an Addiction Therapist and Clinical Supervisor in independent practice. Charles is a visiting lecturer at The University of East London where he lectures on the MA social work course. He is a Training Psychotherapist and Supervisor and teaches on several psychoanalytic trainings.

Charles also acts as Chair of The British Association for Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Supervisors and of the Race and Culture Committee at the UKCP Council for Psychoanalytic and Jungian Analyst College, and is a past Chair of the Ethics Committee on which he currently sits as a member of Executive, among other positions and honours.

Kemi Omijeh is a MBACP Registered Psychodynamic and CBT trained Therapist and Clinical Supervisor with over a decade of post-qualification experience working in mental health as a Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Trainer and Speaker. Kemi currently works in private practice as a supervisor, trainer, and speaker, as well as working in large schools overseeing pupils’ well-being. Kemi passionately believes that prioritising and normalising looking after our mental health should be on everyone’s agenda, as well as addressing the barriers to receiving mental health support.

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Topic: BAME
Audience: Health and social care leaders, Health professionals, and Social care professionals
Who is this for: Team
Resource format: Training and Workshop