Power and Powerlessness in Clinical Practice
1st April 2021

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‘Power and Powerlessness in Clinical Practice: Let’s have the ‘Race’ Conversation’

This workshop is available to all CAT therapists.  It will count as 5 CPD hours towards Modules  1 or 4 of the CAT Supervisor Training Programme for trainee supervisors. 

Overview of the day

The day will provide a safe space to discuss and explore therapeutic issues linked to race, language, and culture. CAT framework will be used as scaffolding.

The main focus will be on race, racism, power and privilege and the intersects with language and culture. The workshop will focus on CAT practice and supervision in the context of equality, diversity and intersectionality. The aim is to support CAT therapists in working sensitively and effectively with individuals and client groups with protected characteristics.

The day will combine presentation, large and small group discussion, and clinical case scenarios.

Course Objectives

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 the skills needed to work effectively with difference and diversity. Participants are invited to bring clinical case scenarios for discussion.

Reading list and some resources for further professional development will be provided.


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 is the CAT Psychotherapy Lead at the Munro Centre, for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation, leads on ACAT's Inequality and Diversity Special Interest Group, a member of the UKCP EDI Task Force and BACP EDI Task and Finish Group. She is also a mentor for the RISE BAME Mentoring programme funded by Health Education England.

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.

Who is it for?

CAT Practitioners, Psychotherapists and Supervisors. Other BACP accredited and UKCP Registered Clinicians.


Venue: NCVO, London

National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Society Building
8 All Saints Street
London N1 9RL


The day starts at 10am and ends at 4pm.

Lunch not provided.

ACAT reserves the right to change programme content and presenters.

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1st April 2021

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