Tavistock Talks: The Psychological Effects of Racism
In this highly personal presentation, Ivan Ward uses his own experience and that of others to show how psychoanalytic theories can help us understand the significant psychological effects of 'low-level' everyday racism in white-majority societies.
Ivan Ward is Deputy Director and Head of Learning at the Freud Museum London and former manager of the museum’s conference programme. He is a mixed-race father of two girls and author of a number of books and papers on psychoanalytic theory and on the applications of psychoanalysis to social and cultural issues, including race and racism.
Dr Tosin Bowen-Wright is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust. She has specialised in the field of child and adolescent mental health services as a clinician, supervisor, manager and strategic lead in the development and improvement of services to support children, young people and their families mental health. She is also a well sought after expert witness in the area of family law, particularly in relation to cultural issues and young people vulnerable to exploitation. As a leader and senior member of staff at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation trust, Tosin has been an important part of the Trust’s journey to realising the work that needs to take place to commit to being an anti-racist organisation that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its organisational function.
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