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Book of the month – February 2021

Book of the month – February 2021

Available from March 4th, Eugene Ellis’s book The Race Conversation: An essential guide to creating life-changing dialogue explores the intersection of race and trauma, the non-verbal communication of race and how to navigate oppressive patterns. This is an important read for both students and teachers in the therapy world. Eugene’s chapter in the book Intercultural Therapy: Challenges, Insights and Developments entitled ‘Finding our voice across the Black/white divide: race issues in therapy’, reflects on the therapists’ process when issues of race become foreground for the therapist, the client or the trainee therapist and what processes encourage and maintain the ability to stay with race dialogue. Eugene has kindly provided the video link to the book launch so you can share in what happened on the night. Use this link https://vimeo.com/521334718.

These are some of the reviews already received for this important new book, published at a time when race in the therapy room is very much in the spotlight:

‘It would be impossible to exaggerate how important this book is for our times. Eugene Ellis brings both personal experience and psychotherapeutic insight into this, often fraught, area with compassion, thoughtfulness and rigor.’ –Judy Ryde, author of White Privilege Unmasked: How to Be Part of the Solution.

‘When the history of therapy s engagement with race and diversity comes to be written, Eugene Ellis will be one of the most important figures in the narrative. In this book he confirms his standing as a leading theorist as well as an activist. The innovative strength of the book lies in its focus on the body on how the race construct and its traumas are held in the bodies of people of colour and also of the white majority.’ Professor Andrew Samuels, former Chair UK Council for Psychotherapy

‘In this comprehensive text, Eugene Ellis presents an insightful and empirical text. This book is an important contribution to keeping the race conversation alive.’ – Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga, author of The Challenge of Racism in the Therapeutic Process.

Eugene Ellis is an activist, writer and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality. He trained as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and has a particular interest in body-orientated therapies and mindfulness. He is also the founder and director of The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN), a network of therapists committed, passionate and actively engaged in addressing the psychological needs of Black, African and South Asian people in the UK.

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