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Distress or Disease?

Traumatic roots and treatment implications for black people within the UK mental health system

Saturday 3 October 2015

This conference is premised on the view that while mental health services have made progress in their understanding of the traumatic roots of many psychiatric conditions, misunderstanding of the social stresses imposed on the black and Afro-Caribbean population still persist. This conference will examine the strains placed on the psyche from migration, broken attachments and racism, suggesting that there is still a need for ongoing, focused study of the emotional and psychological needs of these communities, and an informed understanding of the psychological impact of adverse social conditions that they face. We will consider the responsibilities encountered by mental health practitioners in making a referral, diagnosis or planning a treatment approach for the African-Caribbean patient. We will also discuss the fears that black people have about psychiatric services, particularly the risk of receiving a diagnosis of psychosis when they present with PTSD, severe depression or anxiety. Our aim is to offer a sensitive consideration of the needs of BME people when faced with psychotherapeutic or psychiatric services, to explore the risks of misunderstanding the patient, and how to manage these.


Dr Elaine Arnold
Elaine Arnold, taught social work students (MSW courses) at Goldsmiths College, and Sussex University. She was Director of Training at Nafsiyat (Intercultural Therapy Centre). She researched the adverse effects of separation and loss and sometimes traumatic reunions, due to immigration from the West Indies, to Britain among some families of African Caribbean origin, she is Director of Supporting Relationships and Families, formerly known as Separation and Reunion Forum. More >>

Dr Dawn Edge
Dawn Edge is a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in the Centre for New Treatments & Understanding in Mental Health (CeNTrUM) at The University of Manchester. Her research emanates from a passion to reduce inequalities in access, care and treatment for mental health problems - especially as experienced by underserved communities. More >>

Dr Isha McKenzie-Mavinga
Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga is a Published Writer/Poet and Integrative Transcultural Psychotherapist, Lecturer, trainer and supervisor. She taught for twenty six years and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. More >>

Dr Dele Olajide
Dr Dele Olajide is a Consultant Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, where he is responsible for an acute male inpatient unit in the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group. He is also the Caldicott Guardian, Governor of the Trust, a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. More >>

Amy Stoddard Ajayi
Amy Stoddard Ajayi is the Strategic Lead at the Uganda Diaspora Health Foundation (UDHF), a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at the Specialist Psychotherapy Department at Homerton Hospital and a consultant bid writer for the NHS. More >>


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Early bird: £90 (SOLD OUT)
Self-funded: £108
Organisationally-funded: £180
CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6.5 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
11:40 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:35 Tea
17.00 End