National Diversity - Power, Position and Privilege

On the one hand, within the Psychoanalytic and Psychotherapeutic Community, Group Analysts can perhaps be proud of an awareness of and sensitivity to issues of diversity which might be thought to sit integrally at the heart of group analytic theory. For example, the concept of social unconscious processes which pervades much of group analytic theory essentially captures issues of differences in power and incumbent inclusion and exclusion. Indeed, many members originally chose the Group Analytic training precisely because of more radical theoretical underpinnings of this sort which capture issues of diversity in an integrated way rather than as ‘bolt on’ additions.

On the other hand, in the wider context of mental health and social care trainings, Group Analysis is often correctly perceived and experienced to be exclusive with a culture which has yet to develop a sensitivity to the integral inclusion of students form a range of social and ethnic backgrounds. This suggests that prejudice may reside in the social unconscious of the IGA. It is true that many students on our courses are white, middle class and heterosexual as they are on other analytic psychotherapy trainings. Little changes despite discussions over recent years with students and members, and despite ongoing nodding, sometimes guilty agreement about the monoculture within the IGA. The IGA needs to reflect 21st Century Britain in all its diversity. As part of the work of the National Training Management Committee this National Diversity Working Group will take action to begin to address this intransigent culture around diversity in the IGA and start to make much needed changes. This working group will come together to consider key areas within the institution where issues of difference can be better address and held in mind.

This is an open group to students at the IGA and qualified group analyst and we welcome all who are willing to participate and contribute to this important dialogue which aims to contribute to Institutional change

For further information, please contact Chair Anthea Benjamin,

IGA National Diversity Working Group on Power, Privilege, and Position [PPP]:  Dynamic Resource List

November 2020:  latest additions:

From Elizabeth: There are some interesting resources on the ‘Confer’ website:  Spring 2021 programme:  Also pending March 2021:  Ellis, Eugene (2021) The race conversation:  an essential guide to creating life-changing dialogue, London, Confer.

From Dr Farhad Dalal:
Dear All
In case you missed seeing this before….
I will be giving a talk on December the 5th, that might be of interest, as it speaks to the concerns and values of PPP.  I copy the email that was sent out below.
This email however, is to inform you about the periodic Zoom lectures that Group Analysis, India will be offering over the coming years to raise funds. All monies raised through ticket sales will be used to help finance the training.

The lectures will take place on
1.30 pm to 3 pm UK
8.30 am to 10am New York
7 pm to 8.30 pm India
Lecture 1
December 5, 2020
Farhad Dalal
Taking the Group (Really) Seriously: Race, Racism & Group Analytic Psychotherapy

This talk is an autobiographical account of how, over twenty years ago, my growing preoccupations with experiences of race and racism, led me to write the book Taking the Group Seriously. I will describe the ways in which these self-same preoccupations came to shape my thinking not only in this book, but also the two that followed it, Race, Colour & the Processes of Racialization, and Thought Paralysis.
I will speak about a number of significant encounters which took place along this journey, in particular my experiences of going through two trainings in psychotherapy, first Humanistic, then Group Analytic.
Through this subjective first-person narrative, I will flag up some of the questions about the human condition that I was struggling with at that time, and the reasoning that this gave rise to, specifically a critique of the internalism and individualism that continues to prevail in large swaiths of the ‘psy' professions generally. I will conclude with some remarks about how I see the situation today, in the world as well as the field of psychotherapy
You can book a place by clicking here
If you would like to, you can sign up to the mailing list for very occasional news of future events and updates about Group Analysis India, by clicking here

From Ayan Ali:
You may have heard about this sold out event on 14 November which is being repeated in January (see link below). I'm just watching the replay (link here) and so far it's interesting with images/art to accompany the talk.  I assume the YouTube recording will stay up since there's no mention of a time limit so it could be added to the PPP resource list.   If you'd like to attend live, I suggest booking asap since the last one sold out and 700 attended.

Tavistock Policy Seminar: Whiteness - A problem for our time
A Tavistock Policy Seminar with Helen Morgan, examining white privilege and white fragility from a psychoanalytic perspective.
Thu, 14 January 2021
19:00 – 21:00 GMT
A recording of the previous seminar can be found on our YouTube channel and a write up on our website. 

From Reem Shelhi: This might be old news but I stumbled upon this on Netflix the other night and thought it was refreshingly original and brilliant.
‘The Forty Year Old Version’: “
Radha is a down-on-her-luck NY playwright, who is desperate for a breakthrough before 40. Reinventing herself as rapper RadhaMUSPrime, she vacillates between the worlds of Hip Hop and theater in order to find her true voice.”
Fantastic and worth a watch on so many levels.

Podcast on Caste - 
Doctor and Intersectional Feminist -
TV programme - Channel 4: “Is COVID racist?”

From Anne Aiyegbusi:
Wilkerson, Isabel (2020) Caste: The Lies that Divide Us, London, Allen Lane.
‘an extraordinary, excellent book about racism and how American racism is actually rooted in a centuries old caste system - which also has implications for us in UK. The author has researched 3 caste systems - India, USA and Nazi Germany.’

And Dr Stuart Stevenson adds: ‘this is well worth a listen’ : 

From Vivienne Harte:  Just watched C4 programme called “Is COVID Racist?”. Conclusion: No. it is the UK that continues to be structurally racist and especially the NHS.

Dr Ikharia is worth checking out so have attached info on them below.

From Erica Burman:

From Vivienne Harte:
A Kick in the Belly: Women, Slavery and Resistance (2020) Stella Abasa Dadzie, London, Verso Books.
The story of the enslaved West Indian women in the struggle for freedom. Enslaved West Indian women had few opportunities to record their stories for posterity. Yet from their dusty footprints and the umpteen small clues they left for us to unravel, there’s no question that they earned their place in history. ... [weblink to synopsis]

From Chris Scanlon:
House of Commons, House of Lords, Joint Committee on Human Rights, Black people, racism and human rights, Eleventh Report of Session 2019 – 21.  Report together with formal minutes relating to the report,
HC 559 HL Paper 165 Published on 11 November 2020 by authority of the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

From Jacinta Kent:
G. Bhattacharyya  & J Gabriel on ‘Cultural studies, ethnicity and mental health’ in Ndegwa, D & Olajide, D. (Eds.) (2003, reissued 2019) IN Main Issues in Mental Health, London, Routledge Revivals, accessible via Googlebooks

From Jacinta Kent:
David Olusoga (2016)
Black and British: A Forgotten History, London, Macmillan


BBC1 Imagine:  Lemn Sissay:  the memory of me:
11 months left to watch, 1 hour, 6 minutes
Sissay, Lemn [2020] My name is Why, Edinburgh, Canongate Books.

The British Empire DDN Video:
Recommended by Vivienne Harte as ‘Not a pleasant watch but vital’

Upcoming Conferences and Webinars:

Six articles co-authored by Erica Burman:

  • Erica Burman, Jaya Gowrisunkur, Kuljeet Sangha (1998) Conceptualizing cultural and gendered identities in psychological therapies, European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Vol.1, No.2, pp. 231 – 255
  • Aitken, Gill, Burman, Erica (1999) Keeping and crossing professional and racialized boundaries:  implications for feminist practice, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Vol. 23, pp. 277 – 297
  • Gowrisunkur, Jaya, Burman, Erica, Walker, Kanta (2002) Working in the mother-tongue:  first language provision and cultural matching in inter-cultural therapy, British Journal of Psychotherapy, Vol 19, No. 1, pp. 45 – 58
  • Kanta Walker, Erica Burman, Jaya Gowrisunkur (2002) Counting black sheep: Contextualizing therapeutic relations, Psychodynamic Practice: Individuals, Groups and Organisations, Vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 55 -57
  • Erica Burman, Jaya Gowrisunkur, Kanta Walker (2003) Sanjhe Rang/Shared colours, shared lives: a multicultural approach to mental health practice, Journal of Social Work Practice: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Health, Welfare and the Community, Vol. 17, No.1, pp. 63 – 76
  • Eric Burman, Sophie L Smailes, Khatidja Chantler (2004) ‘Culture’ as a barrier to service provision and delivery:  domestic violence services for minoritized women, Critical Social Policy Ltd. , Vol. 24, No, 3, pp. 332 – 357
  • Abernethy, Alexis D (1998) Working with racial themes in group psychotherapy, Group, Vol. 22, No, 1, pp. 1 - 13
  • Azu-Okeke, Okeke (1993) conflict in the search for an ‘individual self’ as opposed to a traditional ‘group self’: a consequence od undertaking group-analytic training, Group Analysis, Vol. 36, No, 4, pp. 465 – 476. [Kenneth Bledin notes ’Okeke Azu-Okeke, the first (and at that time only) Black student at the IGA, was active in the IGA when I was doing my training >20 years ago’]
  • Blackwell, Dick (2020) The impenetrable wall of whiteness. A response to Guilaine Kinouani, Group Analysis, Vol. 53, No. 1, pp. 92 -101
  • Blackwell, Dick (2020) Black Power–White Halos. A response to Guilaine Kinouani’s ‘Silencing, power and racial trauma in groups’, Group Analysis, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 255 - 265
  • Brickman, Celia (2017) Race in Psychoanalysis: Aboriginal Populations in the Mind, Routledge
  • Gitterman, Paul  (2019) Social identities, power and privilege:  the importance of difference in establishing early group cohesion, International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Vol. 69, No 1., pp. 99 - 125
  • Kinouani, Guilaine {2020) Difference, whiteness and the group analytic matrix: An integrated formulation, Group Analysis, Vol., 53, No.1, pp. 60 – 74
  • Kinouani, Guilaine (2020) Silencing, power and racial trauma in groups, Group Analysis, Vol., 53, No, 2, pp. 145 - 161
  • Knight, Zelda Gillian (2013) Black client, white therapist: Working with race in psychoanalytic psychotherapy in South Africa, International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 94, Iss. 1, pp. 17 – 32
  • Schmidt, Christine (2018) Anatomy of racial micro-aggressions, International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Vol. 68, No. 4, pp. 1 – 23


  • New Blog Series: ‘Amplifying Black Voices'
We have started a new blog series on The Source to serve as a platform for Black authors to share their life experiences in research and academia, including any inherent biases and racism they may have encountered in their professional or personal lives and the challenges they may have experienced, as well as discussing ways for the research community to do better. Discover the personal blogs below:

Amplifying Black Voices: Education and critical thinking skills are the root of societal change

Amplifying Black Voices: The third Black President of the United States, a story of Black women in academia

Amplifying Black Voices: Sankofa– learning from the past for a better future Part 1


  • Azu-Okeke, Okeke (2020) Perspectives on Intercultural Psychotherapy: An Igbo Group Analyst’s Search for Social and Cultural Identity, London, Routledge. [weblink to abstract and table of contents.] With a relevant Foreword by Diane Waller who asks why there are still so few Black psychotherapists in the UK
    NB The Library holds the precursor to this:  the author’s dissertation:   Implications of social cultural and psychological factors for group analytic psychotherapy treatment of the Igbo people of South East Central Nigeria, 1990 [ISW U4L HJV [AZU]] – see Library catalogue database for abstract]
  • Eddo-Lodge, Reni, (2017) Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race, London, Bloomsbury
  • Kendi, Ibram X (2019) How to be Anti-Racist, London, Bodley Head
  • Menakem, Resmaa (2017) My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, Las Vegas,  Central Recovery Press, (Link to interview with author.) [link invalid 24/06/2020]
  • Nayak, Suryia (2015) Race, Gender, and the Activism of Black Feminist Theory: Working with Audre Lorde, Routledge
  • Turner, Lou, Neville, Helen A., (2020) eHFranz Fanon’s Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Clinical Work: Practicing Internationally with Marginalized Communities, Abingdon, Routledge
  • Vernon, Patrick, Osbourne, Angelina, (2020) 100 Great Black Britons, Great Britain, Robinson. A book recognising the lives and achievements of British Black people who have previously been overlooked or dismissed, by the founder of the Great Black Britons campaign.  For further information on its origins, please visit the 100 Great Black Britons website at:

 Cultural Resources:

Jacinta Kent

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