Trauma, Creativity and Resistance
Trauma refers to the emotional distress we experience in response to emotionally painful circumstances often linked to experiences of oppression, prejudice and/or abuse. However, as an idea trauma has become disconnected from the contexts of harm and oppression that they often emerge within. In fact, oppression is often obscured by trauma discourses. For example in much of the EMDR research different forms of trauma are lumped together (e.g. rape and car accidents) as though addressing the social contexts of oppression are not relevant or necessary in treating the effects of ‘trauma.’
Guest Speaker: Taiwo Afuape, Systemic Psychotherapist and Lead Clinical Psychologist
Being an African working class woman is central to Taiwo’s work as a Systemic Psychotherapist and Lead Clinical Psychologist in South Camden Community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and for Central and North West London NHS Foundation trust in a Psychology/Psychotherapy Adult Mental Health Department.
Previously, Taiwo has set up community psychology services for transitional populations – women escaping domestic violence, homeless people, people misusing substances, travelling communities of Roma and Irish heritage and refugee people – and worked for 7 years in a Human Rights charity for survivors of torture. Taiwo has also managed an adult mental health Systemic Service.
In 2016 she was commissioned to write ‘a guide to transformative feminist approaches to trauma: Addressing emotional well-being and mental health in the African continent’ for ‘The African Institute for Integrated Responses to Violence Against Women and Girls and HIV/AIDS (AIR for Africa) - a charitable organisation that brings together practitioner-activists to strengthen and share approaches to violence against women and girls, developed within the African region.
This event will take place on Thursday 6 December 2018, from 7pm - 9pm (refreshments served from 6.30pm) at the Tavistock Centre, London.