Power and Powerlessness: Exploring Issues of Race and Culture in Therapy ~ 27 September 2021

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Power and Powerlessness: Exploring Issues of Race and Culture in Therapy

A half day (morning) online workshop Jessie Emilion, CAT psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer

Event Hashtag: #CATpower21

This event is now fully booked. If you would like to join a waiting list for a repeat event, please contact Frances Free at admin@catalyse.uk.com

Date: Monday 27 September 2021 (am only)
Time: 9.30am to 12.30 pm
Venue:  Online via Zoom
Fees:  ACAT member :: £50.00
non-ACAT member :: £60.00
(Invoicing can be requested and incurs an additional £15.00 fee)

Overview of workshop

The morning will provide a safe space to discuss and explore therapeutic issues linked to race and culture, using the relational CAT framework as scaffolding. It will combine presentation, large and small group discussion, and clinical case scenarios.

Power and Powerlessness: Exploring Issues of Race and Culture in Therapy is the first in an Inclusive CAT series of full and half day CPD events focussing on CAT practice in the context of equality, diversity and intersectionality. These aim to support CAT therapists in working sensitively and effectively with individuals and client groups with protected characteristics.

The series includes an afternoon session with Jessie on Working with Interpreters, Bilingualism and CAT. It is no longer possible to book both half days together at a reduced rate, but you can book the afternoon session separately by following this link.

Aims and learning outcomes

The day is designed to help participants:

  • Explore issues around race and culture and the impact of these on self and others in clinical work and supervision.
  • Particularly focus on power dynamics in considering race and culture in therapy.
  • Recognise and reformulate our positions in relation to context and history.
  • Understand systemic and structural discrimination and how this shapes identity and presentation.

Attending this event will support participants in developing skills for ethical and race cognizant practice. They will also take away a reading list for further professional development.

Who is it for?

The event will be relevant for qualified and trainee CAT therapists (practitioner & psychotherapist level), plus other qualified and trainee therapists and UKCP-registered psychotherapists. Some familiarity with the CAT model will be useful but the main requirement is that participants are open to the use of self in their practice.


Jessie Emilion is a counsellor, cognitive analytic psychotherapist, supervisor, and trainer. She has worked in the NHS as a senior clinician for the last 20 years. Jessie has an interest in bi-lingualism, culture and race, and the impact of these constructs on mental health. She has extensive experience of working with refugee communities as a clinician and an interpreter. Jessie contributes to Catalyse Practitioner Training and has co-led CAT training programmes internationally in India and Malta.

Jessie is the CAT Psychotherapy Lead at the Munro Centre, for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation. She leads ACAT’s Inequality and Diversity Special Interest Group. Additionally she co-chairs the Equality Diversity and Intersectionality Committee within UKCP’s Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College, and is a member of the UKCP EDI Task Force. Additionally she is part of BACP’s EDI Task and Finish Group.

Jessie also provides psychological assessments for several media companies, including the BBC and ITV.

Group size

Places are limited to a maximum of 15 participants. We advise early booking to secure your place. Once fully subscribed a further waiting list will be in place.

Booking information

Book online through the button below. A receipt will be provided automatically when you book online, but you can also request a receipt from the Catalyse administrator.

You can also request an invoice for payment by your organisation. This will incur an additional charge of £15.00. Please contact the administrator to inform us that you intend to book. You can download a booking form by scrolling to the end of this page.

Terms and conditions

Before proceeding to book and pay for Power and Powerlessness: Exploring Issues of Race and Culture in Therapyplease ensure you read and understand our terms and conditions.

Booking has now closed. Please let us know if you wish to go on the waiting list.