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,


Please find below a dynamic list of educational resources on racism both in and out of therapeutic practice.

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

Reflective Booklet:

Please note before sharing this resource beyond the IGA, please get in contact with the creator Guilaine Kinouani at

RACE REFLECTIONS: Anti-racism reflective booklet



Upcoming Conferences and Webinars:

·         Post-Slavery Syndrome: Exploring The Clinical Impact Of The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
Free until 31st July
With Module Speakers: Wayne Mertins-Brown,  Eugene Ellis,  Judy Ryde,  Dr Aileen Alleyne,  Foluke Taylor,  Robert Downes,  Lennox Thomas.

·         Racism and COVID-19 Webinar

30 June 2020 from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

With Speakers: Matiangai Sirleaf, Gargi Bhattacharyya, Nira Yuval-Davis, Sivamohan Valluvan, Vivian Shaw, Colin Clark

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Launch of The International Handbook of Black Community Mental Health by The Ubele Initiative

Tue, 7 July 2020, 19:00 – 21:00 BST

The Handbook explores an international perspective on the personal, lived experiences of people of colour in the mental health system



·         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


·         Three articles by Race Relations:
On Attachment, Place and Otherness
Neuroses of Whiteness, White Envy and Racial Violence
Culturally Biased therapy, Epistemic Violence and CBT


·         DiAngelo, Robin (2011) White Fragility. International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, Vol. 3, No.3, pp. 54-70.

·         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

·         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

·         Woods, Alexandra (2020) The work before us: Whiteness and the psychoanalytic institute, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society:



·         SAGE microsite: Structural Racism and Police Violence
Curated content from across all of their journals
Free to view

·         Peggy McIntosh: Unpacking the Knapsack of white privilege


·         Resources: For examining Whiteness and Racism




·         DiAngelo, Robin (2018) White Fragility: why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racismBoston, MA, Beacon Press

·         Bellkin, Max, White, Cleonie (2020) Intersectionality and Relational Psychoanalysis
New Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Sexuality, Abingdon, Routledge

·         The British Psychological Society: Manual:

·         Eddo-Lodge, Reni, (2017) Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race, London, Bloomsbury

·         Saad, Layla (2020) Workbook Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World, London, Quercus Publishing

·         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., eHFranz Fanon’s Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Clinical Work: Practicing Internationally with Marginalized Communities, Abingdon, Routledge


·         Cultural Resources:

·         Author, broadcaster and academic: Gary Younge

·         Poem: I have privilege as a white person by author unknown

·         Poem: Poem About My Rights by June Jordan. Link to You Tube Video (5 minutes)

·         Film: 13th, Ava Duvernay - available on Netflix

·         Film: Get Out, Jordan Peele – available on Amazon Prime

·         Film: I am not your Negro, James Baldwin - available on Amazon Prime

·         Film: OJ Made in America - currently available on BBC IPlayer

·         Anti-racist activists and organisations have come together and created resources for people to educate themselves better.
dynamic spreadsheet contains a world of resources and tools regarding racism – including: 
> Articles on whiteness, racism, liberation, and police violence.
> Compilations of guides and further resources 
> Lists of books, podcasts, films, videos, and social media accounts to follow to make sure that you continue learning beyond the movement. 

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