2023 Lecture: Dr Dwight Turner – “Managing Your Blackness: Exploring Racial Adaptations in the Age of Supremacy”

Date(s) - Saturday, 23 September 2023
All Day

Engineers' House, Clifton Down, Bristol

About the lecture

2020 was a watershed year in the fight for racial equality across the global north.  The death, nay murder, of George Floyd in America led to the re-recognition of just how poorly persons of colour were seen and treated.

Dwight writes: This experience filtered into the world of counselling and psychotherapy and it was at this stage that, as a practitioner myself, I recognised that I had become adapted within a white supremacist framework in order to survive accordingly.  Based on the ideas presented in my new book The Psychology of Supremacy, this talk will look at how and why these adaptations exist and occur and what it means for the racialised other to exist within white environments.

This talk will also survey the means, both creative and otherwise, that can be used for exploration and to reinvigorate and individuate those practitioners, students and clients of colour so that the adaptations that they have become embedded within cause less psychological distress.

The Afternoon Session

In the afternoon, Dwight will facilitate an experiential exploration of issues raised in the lecture.

About Dr Dwight Turner

Dwight is Course Leader on the Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy Course at the University of Brighton, a PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, and a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. His book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy was published in February 2021 by Routledge. Dwight is an activist, writer and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy,

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Lunch catering will be vegetarian.  You can make any other dietary or special needs requests on the booking form.

Those travelling by train to Bristol Temple Meads station can arrange a complimentary transfer to and from the venue by using this booking form.

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Covid-19 considerations

We very much look forward to meeting in person.  Engineers’ House has invested heavily in making itself a Covid-safe facility.

In the unlikely event that we were forced to hold the lecture on-line,  you would miss out on the lunch and we would have cost savings.  We would refund half the cost of your booking.


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