TALKS ON MENTAL HEALTH by psychologist Felicia Lazaridou
Felicia Lazaridou is a psychologist and mental health counselor from London, UK, who lives and studies for her PHD at Berlin’s Charité
The talks are addressing all who are interested in the psychological dimensions of racism, sexism& intersectionality, who are affected by them or working in that field.
We host the talks online over zoom! To participate please have the zoom app ready on your device and register soon via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) - we will then send the access data to you.
Vol 1 - Power, Identity & Mental Health
Thursday, 23rd April 2020 • 19 h
Understanding the impact of racism in counseling & therapy: Parents and teachers must deliberately critique the racism in societies' messages about Black and Brown people, thereby instilling critical consciousness in children.
Learning to spot racism, alongside about one’s historico-political heritage is a gift in the identity development processes of Black and Brown people and help in grappling with racist encounters in one’s personal lives.
In this talk we attempt to explore each stage of Black and Brown identity development in turn:
1. Pre-encounter, 2. Encounter, 3. Immersion/Emersion, and 4. Internalisation and Commitment.
This talk also discusses ‘frank talk’(ing) and how it is a process by which racism can be laid bare, exposed, and challenged in the management of therapeutic conversations when competent counselors and therapists work with ethnic diversity.
Vol 2 - Intersectionality informed mental health: what it is, and why it is important
Wednesday, 29th April 2020 • 19.30 h
Intersectionality informed means: when the entire mental health system is grounded in knowledge of the ways some differences and identities are disadvantaged as a multiplicity of social inequalities. The starting point is how social inequalities operate, harm mental health and undermine the safety and quality of services.
This talk attempts to explore the benefits of 'intersectionality focused mental health' in turn: structural change, institutional changes, occupational culture change, personal growth and most crucially, relationships.
We also discuss that how - when intersectionality knowledge informs practice - the focus is on reclaiming connections (vulnerabilities/resilience, risk factors/protective mechanisms and survival) in the provision of therapeutic relationships that help people to heal and recover.
Vol 3 - Women* and mental health - the intersectionality of social inequalities and ethnic disparities
Thursday, 14th May 2020 • 19 h
In understanding women*’s mental health, the centrality of women*’s mental health is important because gender inequality interacts within a network of additional systems of power relations and privileges. Including those founded on ethnic group, class, age, education, sexuality and so on.
So while all women* have gender-based oppression in common, to a greater or lesser extent, in other ways the lives of women* at the intersection of various differences and identities are unique not least because how exactly intersectionality is a unique blend for each woman* and also because some women* have power over other women*.
This talk discusses the mental health implications of some of the different manifestations of gender inequality such as gender differences, roles, lifestyles and relationships in a matrix of gendered socio-political determinants of mental health.