Dr DWIGHT TURNER GUEST SPACE TALK: DREAMS AND WHITE SUPREMACY

I Dream Of Jeanie: do we internalise Supremacy in our dreams?

2020 will probably go down as the most tumultuous year in most of our lifetimes.  From, the global pandemic, Covid-19 and the lockdowns and deaths that have followed, to the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests against racism and abuse around the world, the impact of the past several months upon clients and practitioners has led us all to question our intersecting identities. In my mind, it is no coincidence that race, racism and civil rights have risen to the forefront of our professions as psychologists and psychotherapists, and in particular the specific focus upon White Supremacy and its weekly, hourly, minute by minute impact upon and within the racial other.

In her work on complexes, Brewster (2020) saw a racial complex as something which bound races upon both sides of the divide, meaning that the present need to look at race, and our own internalised racism, is nothing that practitioners should be afraid of.  It is a route whereby our clients have the chance to grow and develop, and only through understanding just how much race and in particular systemic racism inform this aspect of our intersectional identity can we then assist our clients walk towards a deeper understanding of themselves.

In this presentation, I will therefore consider the role damaging role unconscious White Supremacy plays within our organizations, whilst offering examples of the power brought to bear in training organizations when they not only consider whiteness but also adopt a more intersectional approach as an integral aspect of their trainings.  This presentation sees this necessary shift as mirroring that in the wider culture, recognising that work on race in realms of the psychology and psychotherapy opens up a route towards greater engagement with the Other be they as trainees, practitioners, or our clients.  Then finally, through an exploration of dreams, which is just one route to recognising the often challenging unconscious impact White Supremacy, this talk then becomes a call towards encouraging counsellors to be brave in the work we do of personal, relational, and cultural transformation.

Dr Dwight Turner is an accredited Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist in private practice in London. Find out more about his work here

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Date

Jan 22 2021

Time

6:00 am - 7:00 pm

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