PhD Network member leads workshop on Black Therapists and White Clients

PhD Network member Karen Carberry led a workshop earlier this year at the 3rd British Autoethnography Conference in Aberdeen, supported by fellow PhD Network member Maureen Greaves and Dr Gwen Rose.

The three collaborated to give voice to the dearth of research on Black clinicians working therapeutically with White clients.  In doing so, they created space for dialogue on cultural competences across therapeutic paradigms, drawing on CRT as a lens through which to encourage critical discussion.

In addition to undertaking doctoral research in systemic practice, Karen works as family therapist for a private hospital and corporate company delivering bespoke occupational counselling services, and runs her own private practice delivering training, consultancy and family therapy.

Karen said: “As a younger clinician, my interest in this area resulted in my master’s dissertation entitled Black Therapists – White Families: Positive Outcomes for which I gained an MSc in Family Therapy & Systemic Psychotherapy in 2006.   Although it was recommended for publishing, there seemed little interest in doing so by those to whom it was submitted. 

A decade later, Karen has recently submitted a chapter on Black Therapists working with White clients for publication in an upcoming edited volume to be published by the International Race and Education Book Series at Michigan State University Press.

In so doing, she is challenging the dominance of narratives that are being promoted in the discipline, (White therapists, Black clients), that will hopefully inspire new scholarship around the work of Black therapists.

Feature image: Karen Carberry featured centre with Maureen Greaves (left) and Dr Gwen Rose (right).

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