2023: Dr Dwight Turner “Managing Your Blackness”

Exploring Racial Adaptations in the Age of Supremacy

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 notes: This experience filtered into the world of counselling and psychotherapy. 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 looks at how and why these adaptations exist and occur and what it means for the racialised other to exist within white environments.

This talk surveyed 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.

In the afternoon session, Dwight facilitated 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. He is 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.

Listen to the lecture

Introduction by Faisal Mahmood

During the lecture, Dwight presented 38 slides, included below. We recommend you open these in a fullscreen separate window [use the button bottom right] to view them while listening to the lecture. It should be clear when they are being referred to or read by Dwight.

Six of the slides contain links to YouTube videos, with the time in the lecture at which they were displayed shown in their top left-hand corner. In the recording of the lecture, they are represented by a few seconds of silence. You can pause the audio here while playing the video.

The lecture

Questions and answer session

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