About this course
- 15 Hours (or 7.5 Hours per day) CPD
- Day 1 : Fri 25th Nov 22: 10am to 4.30pm: Foundations in DD&M
- Day 2 : Friday 9th Dec 22 : 10am to 4.30pm: Skills in DD&M
Join us for 2 (Or one of the days as preferred) to help you develop practical skills you can use in therapy for ALL clients. This workshop is for all therapists including trainees.
Working with Difference, Diversity & Marginalisation (DD&M) in Therapy : The 5th Way
Diversity reenvisioned as an ubiquitous, cocreated, and structural therapeutic practice
Join diversity and antidiscrimination specialists Mamood Ahmad (UKCP Psychotherapist) and Sam Jamal (BACP Therapist) as they help you towards integrating Difference, Diversity & Marginalisation (DD&M) as standard practice for all clients and particularly for clients who experience group* level discrimination and inequality. DD&M helps you develop knowledge, awareness and skills in working with your own and client’s identity, worldview, cultural contexts, strengths, conflicts, marginalisation, otherness, and lived experiences to enable a more ‘for all’ therapeutic service (psycho-social-structural).
This course is based on our (#TADF) openly available, embedded and integrated therapy curriculum used by several training providers (please enquire for further information at: tadf.co.uk) which includes systemic and cultural awareness, power & harm consciousness, identity affirmative working, intersectionality, identity development, structural narratives, internalised processes, normativity, assimilation, advocacy, structural justice, acculturation, and deeper understand of diverse group challenges*. By being able to apply these tools and skills you will develop foundational knowledge and practical skills in building a more just, inclusive, complete and ever-improving psychological practice, whether working with clients and their experiences of otherness, marginalisation, and exclusion, within the therapeutic practice of one, or within a mental health organisation.
It is well known that diversity training is often an ‘Other’ and/or time limited part of training. In psychological training, the therapist can often be left without the knowledge and skills necessary for them to begin integrating and working within an DD&M as standard frame. The link between the client’s social location, identity, worldview, discrimination, otherness, and difficulties may never be made. This can leave an important factor out of therapy and consequently lead to a shortfall in the service provided or, worse, negative or even harmful experiences. This course aims to orient you towards a ‘diversity integrated as standard’ model of practice which goes to the roots of how to embed DD&M into therapeutic practice.
The training is structured into ten units with discussions, case examples, and practical interventions and strategies provided throughout. There will be opportunities to ask questions, bring in your own experiences of practice, and gain insight from therapists with experience of integrating DD&M within therapy, in training and various helping professions.
Day 1 : Building the Foundation for Integrated, Whole & Embedded DD&M Practice
1: Difference, Diversity & Marginalisation: Rationale, Concepts, Mental Health and Theory
2: Towards All-Inclusive Whole Practice: Theory & Integration, Practice & the 13 Critical Tools of Reenvisioned Practice
3: Difference and Diversity : A-Z Overview : The challenge of there and then & here and now (From Ageism to Xenophobia)
4: Marginalisation: Majority Marginalised Stress, Common & Differential Themes, Structural Comparisons, Principles of DD&M Practice
5: Foundations of Integrated Co-Created Practice: Modality, Assessment, Conceptualisation and Cocreation
Day 2 : Developing the Skills for Integrated, Whole & Embedded DD&M Practice
6: Foundation Tools 1 : Modality, Difference, Social Location, WorldViews, Discovering Contexts, and Developing Cross-Identity relationships
7: Foundation Tools 2: Marginalisation, Identity, Visibility, Acculturation, Structural Narratives (4XI’s of Oppression), Stress and Trauma, Review of Group Specific Therapeutic Themes
8: Harm in Therapy: Iatrogenic, individual, group, cultural and systemic views of harm, stagnation and negative experiences
9: Applying DD&M Systemically: A Simulation of Inadvertent Systemic Discrimination and its Impact on Client Experiences and Outcomes
10: The Road Ahead: Towards whole unconscious practice : Mind-Body & Structural Therapy
This training is for anyone involved in the mental health profession. From psychological practitioners, such as counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychologists, through to all organisation staff who are involved in governing or delivering therapeutic services such as training organisations and membership bodies. It is also suitable for trainee therapeutic practitioners.
By the end of this course, you will:
- Be able to understand and explain DD&M concepts and theories (Psyho-Social-Spiritual-Structural).
- Understand how to integrate DD&M into therapeutic practice.
- Understand the importance of applying DD&M values and principles in ameliorating suffering and in providing an equitable therapeutic service.
- Be able to understand and explain the mental and physical impact of oppression, marginalisation, stress, and discrimination on intersecting majority diverse groups (including women).
- Be able to consider within group cultural othering experiences e.g. Male Otherness
- Understand high-level history and current challenges of MMG Groups* such as based on race, disability, neurodivergence, sexuality and gender.
- Build a deeper understanding of challenges that various intersecting majority diverse groups face and, thus, implications for therapeutic practice and in mental health provision.
- Learn how harm in therapy can be systemically, culturally, and individually mediated.
- Be better equipped to assess and conceptualise experiences of structural discrimination and oppression as part of a client’s overall problem presentation.
- Understand the importance of the 12 tools of DD&M and how they can be applied in practice
- Learn DD&M ideas, skills and interventions to help build the relationship, and help clients narrative relevant aspects of their contextual experiences of marginalisation and discrimination associated with their intersecting social identities.
- Learn common mistakes therapists make in developing the majority diverse relationship which forms (often invisible) barriers to the relationship and impacts outcomes.
- Be better prepared to help clients manage potentially unsafe environments, client autonomous empowerment, allyship, and anti-discrimination strategies within the room as well as within service provision.
- Be able to understand and practically apply concepts and theories of DD&M practice at a systemic level, whether a practice of “one” or within an organisational setting.
- Be able to situate your learning and reflect on your own personal worldview and call to action.
- Access to a live Zoom event
- Access to a replay of the event (30 days)
- Online access to slides
We have specific protocols to keep the environment as safe as possible for all and particularly for people with lived experience of minorized stress and trauma. The instructors will be available between breaks and after the training for up to 30 minutes to support you.
#TADF is a network of psychological practitioners who work with individuals, institutions, and training providers to embed anti-discrimination practice into their curriculum, service design, training, and organisation. Please email email@example.com if you wish to join the network.
* Majority Marginalised Group. That is, protected characteristics as well as class, socioeconomic status, trans*, cis women and neurodivergence. We also consider impact of within group level mental health e.g. impact on men.
** DD&M considers all clients and especially for marginalised clients and associated systems that reflect, produce, and sustain injustices such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, cisgenderism, classism, ethnocentrism, ableism, neuroableism, ageism, transphobia, anti-blackness, xenophobia, and other intersecting forms of structural discrimination. We include within group lived experiences such as male otherness.
Join Race, Culture, and Intersectionality (RC&I) experts Mamood Ahmad (UKCP Psychotherapist) and Sam Jamal (BACP Therapist) as they help you develop practical skills and interventions in integrating Race, Culture & Intersectionality into your therapeutic practice. This training will teach specific skills, strategies and interventions which could apply to all clients and in particular consideration of Race, Culture and Intersections such as Class, Gender, Sexuality, and Disability.
This training will equip you with the foundational knowledge, skills, and strategies you need to assess and conceptualise client problems and build cross racial-cultural and intersectional relationships. As client outcomes have been shown to be mediated by therapists’ own intersectional identity awareness self-awareness, this training will lead you through experiential exercises to help you reflect upon your own cultural context(s), racial-cultural & intersecting identity, intersecting sociocultural position, and worldview. In doing so you will develop yourself as well as skills you can use straight away with clients.
In psychological training, the therapist can often be left without the necessary knowledge and skills to build cross racial-cultural & intersectional relationships, understand clients’ cultural contexts, or explore clients’ group identities and experiences of discrimination. The link between social-cultural conflicts, intersectional identities and clients’ presenting problem may never be made, even for those of a European heritage. This can leave an important factor out of therapy and consequently lead to a shortfall in the service provided or, worse – and particularly for People of the Global Majority* (PoGM) [Ref 1,2,3] – lead to negative experiences. Thus, it is essential for us to create a therapeutic service that is safer, more inclusive, more complete, and more skillful for all clients.
The training is structured into eight units with case examples, experiential exercises, and expert strategies provided throughout. There will be opportunities to reflect, ask questions, bring your own experiences, and consider client roleplays. You may attend both or a single day depending on your needs.
1: Therapeutic skills to explore and conceptualising client identity related experiences
- Understanding RC&I concepts and theories
- How RC&I is universal to all clients and thus an essential part of therapeutic practice
- A review of current therapeutic challenges and barriers based on Race, Culture, Class, Gender & Sexuality, Disability & NeuroDivergence
- Broaching and exploring narratives around difference, identity and social location
- Exploring racial-cultural & intersectional identity and client impacts
- Conceptualisation RC&I against clients presenting problems
2: Therapeutic skills to discover and work with clients worldviews, cultural contexts, identity and familial context(s),
- Exploration clients cultural context, heritage, and lived-in cultural experiences
- Discovering and conceptualising client difficulties based on societal, identity and cultural group values and worldviews
- Discovering and working relative to client worldview(s)
- Focusing in on clients relationship with RC&I
3: Therapeutic skills for RC&I Relationship development (Case Study, Roleplay, and Reflection)
- Undestanding the RC&I relationship challenges in society and the room
- Strategies for buillding the RC&I relationship
- Relational RC&I difference broaching, including racism intersecting discrimination
- Common therapist pitfalls, including racial-cultural othering and microaggressions
- Reflections on a roleplay
4: Therapeutic skills for Anti-Discrimination Practice
- Principles of Anti-discrimination in Therapy
- Creating an Anti-discrimination therapeutic space
- Client advocacy and client empowerment strategies and skills
- Social allyship for diverse and marginalised groups
5: Therapeutic skills for working with clients identity and acculturation difficulties
- Working to understand and develop client RC&I identity
- Working with migration, acculturation and citizenship challenges
- RC&I congruent interventions and therapeutic adaptations
- Integrating Religious, Spirituality & Ultimate meaning
6: Therapeutic skills for working with Racial-Cultural & Xenophobic Discrimination
- Broaching racism and /-isms and psychoeducation
- Working with racial-cultural and transnational identities
- Working with internalised RC&I oppression and affects
- Working with RC&I Stress and Trauma
Ending: Embedding RC&I into practice
- Principles of integration, learning, and self-development
- Group reflections on client experiences
- Situating your next level of development
- #TADF: Race & Culture 2.0 Competency Framework & Call to Action
Any psychological practitioner, such as counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychologists. It is also suitable for trainees. We will provide guidance on readiness to work with clients during the training so you can self-assess your development.
By the end of this course, you will:
- Understand and be able to explain various aspects of RC&I, such as its scope, universal relevence to therapeutic work, and associated psychological theories.
- Develop a deeper awareness of your own and others’ racial-cultural and intersecting identity, worldview, and their meaning and relevence to the relationship and anti-discrimination practice.
- Learn to develop narratives around your own and clients’ cultural context(s), psychological conflicts, and migration and acculturation challenges in preparation for therapeutic work.
- Be better equipped to assess and conceptualise aspects of race and culture as part of a client’s overall problem presentation.
- Develop strategies to build the relationship, broach racism and intersecting social identities, and build racial-cultural identity narratives.
- Learn common mistakes therapists make in working with diverse groups which form (often invisible) barriers to the relationship and impact outcomes.
- Situate your learning and edge of development in working within a racially-culturally informed manner.
- Understand and be able to explain what racial and minority group stress and trauma are, to identify key characteristics of racial and minority group trauma, and to compare those with PTSD and stress models.
- Be better equipped to assess and conceptualise racial trauma and stress as part of a client’s overall problem presentation.
- Be better prepared to help clients manage potentially unsafe environments and incorporate anti-discrimination strategies within the room, as well as within service provision.
Standards of competence
This training aligns with our leading Race and Culture 2.0 standards based framework particuarly racial-cultural discrimination (Free Access & Video lesson here: link here).
We have specific protocols to keep the environment as safe as possible for all and particularly for people with lived experience of racial stress and trauma. The instructors will be available between breaks and after the training for upto 30 minutes to support you.
#TADF is a network of psychological practitioners who work with individuals, institutions and training providers to embed anti-discrimination practice into their cirriculum, service design and organisation structure. Our clients include training providers, CPD training providers, awarding bodies, membership bodies and mental health institutes.
* Adapting and living where your lived in-cultural experience is within multiple cultures where there are challenges typically within the dominant one
** People of the Global Majority (PoGM), such as people from African and Asian Diaspora as well as people of visible mixed race identities.
 Mercer, L., Evans, L. J., Turton, R. & Beck, A. (2018). Psychological therapy in secondary mental health care: Access and outcomes by ethnic group. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1- 8.
 Lawton, L., McRae, M., & Gordon, L. (2021). Frontline yet at the back of the queue – improving access and adaptations to CBT for Black African and Caribbean communities. Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 14, e30. https://doi.org/10.1017/ S1754470X21000271
[3 ] Williams, M. T. (2021). Microaggressions are a form of aggression. Behavior Therapy, 52, 709–719. https://doi.org/10.1016/j. beth.2020.09.001
“I thoroughly recommend this course to every therapist. I think it should be mandatory on our training journey and I am ever so happy and relieved that I have found it before I qualify. Sam and Mamood showed great care, professionalism and deep understanding of past, present and future of othering. They provided us with a safe and welcoming space to be authentic, to meet in our differences and to find the courage to look honestly at our personal biases and systemic assumptions too. They provided us with a vast amount of precious theory and finally with really good, practical suggestions on how to implement those learnings in our practice. ”S.K.
“The training was a brilliant experience. It was informative, insightful, and hugely valuable – both personally and professionally. I would most definitely recommend it to other therapists. ”S.G.