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Flashbacks are upsetting memories that come back to you unexpectedly in vivid images, sounds, smells…
They can make you feel as if you are re-living the trauma. Dissociation can happen when you feel so overwhelmed by a traumatic experience that you may lose touch with where you are or may feel unreal. This PDF guides you through how to cope with both flashbacks and dissociation.

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Come along to our free interactive webinar!

Thursday 16th December, 1-2pm, via Zoom. Click here to register now!

We know that instances of aggressive behavior towards staff in health & social care have increased throughout the pandemic. KeepingWell NCL’s wellbeing webinar is an essential top-up for health & care staff. It will build staff and teams’ psychological understanding of why these incidents can occur, and what is needed for teams and individuals to manage these incidents when they do.

This interactive session will build practical strategies for prevention, de-escalation and support. We will consider policy, reporting, peer support, and making time for discussion after incidents. It will also provide a reflective space to connect through discussion of shared experiences – of the varied interactions between patients, their carers, and health & care staff across North Central London.

A resource pack for further support will also be available.

This is a free event for all staff working in health & care in North Central London.  

About the presenters:

Panos Vythoulkas is a KeepingWell Hub Senior Practitioner and Clinical Psychologist. After training abroad, Panos moved to the UK to work in the NHS. Over the past 5 years he has worked in various settings across North Central London in Adult Primary and Secondary Care Mental Health, including Perinatal Psychology Services. Panos started his NHS career in Forensic Mental Health, and has an interest workplace wellbeing and safety, and supporting staff and teams dealing with the immediate aftermath of an incident.

Dr Livia Ottisova is a Clinical Psychologist in the KeepingWell NCL Complex Trauma Pathway. She has specialised in working with survivors of trauma and human rights violations across varied settings. She previously worked with survivors of domestic violence and other human rights abuses in the Camden & Islington Traumatic Stress Clinic, and currently works as the Lead of the Waltham Forest Refugee Psychological Therapies Service alongside her role in the Complex Trauma Pathway. Since the Covid-19 pandemic she has been closely involved in research and training to support frontline health and social care professionals.

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Free webinar for health & care staff: Looking after your wellbeing this winter

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Feeling anxious or overwhelmed about winter pressures this year? Or simply want to be prepared to protect your wellbeing, and your team’s? Watch our webinar!

This is KeepingWell NCL’s fifth wellbeing webinar, free for all staff across North Central London ICS. This interactive session provided a space for reflection and guidance for health & care staff as they prepare for the specific challenges of this unique winter period.

Drawing on their experience working on physical and mental health wards, Occupational Therapist Emily Kenworthy and Lead Nurse Esther Sofela help staff to reflect in advance on the challenges we may face this year, and how we manage our approach and emotional response to these demands. Through supported discussion, Emily and Esther help attendees consider how they can practice self-compassion in this often tricky time, build coping strategies and habits in advance, and provide tips for day-to-day self- and team-care and further resources for support.

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Emily Kenworthy is a practitioner with the KeepingWell NCL Hub. Emily is an Occupational Therapist with experience working on acute physical health wards, as well as secondary and community settings. She is passionate about the intersection between physical and mental wellbeing at work and at home, and has recently pioneered a staff wellbeing walking group at the Tavistock & Portman.

Emily is joined by Esther Sofela, Physical Health Lead (Haringey) and Non-Medical Prescriber Lead for Mental Health for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust.

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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. The workshop will aim to enhance participants’ self-awareness, empathic knowledge and understanding of the experiences of people from cultures other than their own. The aim is for this to form a foundation for more empathetic intercultural communication which can be applied to a range of professional settings.

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.

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.  

Workshop format and timings  

The 6 hour workshop will be delivered online from 10am – 4pm on the following dates:

  • December the 1st 2021
  • January the 19th 2022
  • February the 3rd 2022 
  • March the 2nd 2022
  • March the 23rd 2022
  • April the 28th 2022
  • May the 4th 2022
  • June the 23rd 2022
  • July the 13th 2022

There will be space for 15 participants at a time that may come from different organisations.  

How do I book?*  

Wellbeing leads and/or managers within your organisation will be receiving an invitation with a date proposed and asking them to nominate 3 members of staff.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else in your organisation, please discuss with your manager and/or Wellbeing lead.   

*Disclaimer: In the interests of fairness, we are offering 3 places per NCL organisation. We may also have to offer you a different date from the one initially proposed in order to accommodate as many people as fairly as possible.

Workshop Leads

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

Charles Brown

Charles Brown is a practicing Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, an Addiction Therapist and Clinical Supervisor in independent practice. He is a member of The Guild of Psychotherapists and an. UKCP Honorary Fellow. Charles is Chair of The British Association for Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Supervisors. Charles is Chair of the Race and Culture Committee at the UKCP Council for Psychoanalytic and Jungian Analyst College and past Chair of the Ethics Committee. He currently sits as a member of Executive. Charles is an Honorary Associate member of the Association of Individual and Group Psychotherapists (AGIP). 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. He has published several articles and contributed to book chapters.

Kemi Omijeh

Kemi Omijeh is 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 works currently works in private practice as a supervisor, trainer and speaker as well as working in large school overseeing pupil’s 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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Fancy some time away from your desk during your lunch break? Need to get your steps up? Or simply feeling the need to walk it all off…

The Keeping Well NCL Hub is running a twice-weekly walk to Hampstead Heath or Primrose Hill on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from November to Christmas 2021. Come along!

This group will be led by Emily Kenworthy, Occupational Therapist at the KeepingWell NCL Hub and avid walker.

Where? Meet at the Tavistock Centre (120 Belsize Lane), main entrance

When? Every Tuesday & Thursday, 12.15.-13.00, commencing Tuesday 9th November

No need to sign up, just turn up at reception!

All walks will be on pavements, but please be sure to wear comfortable footwear.

This is the KeepingWell Hub’s first pilot walking group, and we hope to be able to disseminate similar groups further across the Trust & ICS soon. If you are not based at the Tavistock main site and think this would be particularly helpful for your team or area, please email us at to register your interest.


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In this podcast to mark Black History month,  listen in on Keeping Well NCL Hub colleagues’ Ola Ajala (black Nigerian born, British mental health nurse and family therapist)  and Jocelyn Blumberg  (White South African born, Clinical Psychologist)  conversation about race, privilege, Black History Month and why uncomfortable conversations are important for growth.

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Watch our webinar where we discuss the existence of multicultural Britain over the centuries and how it lay hidden and barely visible before our modern age, due to injustices and racism towards communities deemed ‘foreign’ and / or ‘other.’

It is presented by Baffour Ababio, psychoanalytic intercultural psychotherapist at Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre, which was founded in the 1980s by a small coalition of professionals of all colours.  

He details the impact these injustices had on the mental health care of Britain’s black and ethnic minority communities, including the assumption that non-Europeans would not benefit from talking therapy.  There is also reflections on how progress is being compromised by the persistence of racism, and a discussion on how these challenges might be overcome. 

Baffour shares how Nafsiyat have challenged these assumptions and how they’ve worked through the barriers of fear and stigma to incorporate a wealth of cultural affirming practices into their unique model to inspire therapy provision and engagement across cultural and ‘racial’ borders.  

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Baffour Ababio grew up in Ghana, he is a psychoanalytic intercultural psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice and at Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre. Baffour completed his training at University College London and the Guild of Psychotherapists and is a member of UKCP and BAPPS (British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision). Alongside his clinical role Baffour developed a career in managing mental health services integrating a community-based response to support recovery from a broad range of mental health problems. With Roland Littlewood he has co-edited a volume on intercultural psychotherapy entitled ‘Ababio, B. and Littlewood, R. (eds) (2019) Intercultural Therapy: Challenges, Insights and Developments. London: Routledge.

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Are you feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious about the return to school? Watch our webinar!

This webinar invites you to think about your own and your family’s experiences of returning to school and the additional challenges of the last year. Ola Ajala, family therapist from The Keeping Well NCL Hub and Sam Parker, systemic family therapist, provide a space to explore and reflect as well as offer some advice and guidance on how to better navigate this time.

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Ola Ajala is a registered psychiatric nurse and systemic family therapist who trained in the UK. Since qualifying as a nurse in 2008, she has worked across various settings including inpatients, CAMHS, EIS and a perinatal service. She qualified as a systemic family therapist in 2019. Alongside her clinical practice, Ola has provided clinical support, training and supervision to other health and social care professionals within the NHS. Ola is part of the team at the Keeping Well NCL Hub.

Sam Parker is a family therapist who is currently working at Bethlem adolescent unit in SLAM. His role includes supporting teenagers and those who care for them to recover from crises and manage transitions. He likes talking and sharing ideas and is a proud father of twin boys.

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