The discussion and support group offers a space for students to think about issues that include oppression and oppressive practices, the impact of racism on both the individual and the collective group; intersectionality; the impact of racism on physical and mental health; and the nature of trauma. It will enable discussion on the way racism is internalised and on processes of assimilation that can create voiceless-ness; Ancestral Trauma. The group will share ways in which we can enable, learn and promote our good health and wellbeing.
The structure of the 4-week group
Allows each session to have its own agreed theme, content and plan offered by the facilitator as an agreed schedule of topics and co-created with the group
Being in a group can be helpful and a powerful source of support. It can at times also feel exposing, especially given the subject matter and at the beginning when everyone is getting a sense of working together. Participants may wish to identify someone or something, that supports them, that is caring and affirming of them between sessions.
It will be a closed group of approximately 10 people facilitated by a member of the counselling team, Venessa Ama, who identifies as Black, amongst other. Vanessa is a Student Services Counsellor and psychotherapist with special interests that include race, identity, trauma and social justice.
The group is for students who are Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic people and People of Colour*
*As with all people, those attending the meeting will be part of (and will represent) a diverse group, with nuanced, rich and complex narratives that cannot be adequately or appropriately expressed by the acronym B.A.M.E*
The acronym ‘B.A.M.E’ (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) is acknowledged to be a contested term, for important reasons.
The support group will run every Wednesday weekly for 4 weeks from 18 January 2023.
To express your interest in the group please email firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then be contacted by the group facilitator who will arrange a one-to-one appointment to discuss your expectations and answer any questions.
If you any more queries about the workshops, please contact email@example.com.