BAME student and trainee group

The BAME student and trainee group offers an opportunity for those students from a BAME background to share your experience of being at the Tavistock and Portman.  You may be in your first term or you may have been with us or a while - all are welcome to come along to share their thoughts.


It aims to empower all students and trainees to engage with these issues and to voice their experiences and thoughts. The Group also functions as a channel for communication and feed-back between students/trainees and the Department of Education and Training. The Trust is keenly aware of the need to train mental health professionals from a diversity of backgrounds and of the need to listen to its current students and trainees from both minority and majority backgrounds in order to do this well.

The group was originally aimed exclusively at students and trainees from black and minority ethnic communities. However, on request by the students and trainees themselves, the group has, now for a number of years, been open to all students and trainees. The meetings take place on different days in the week monthly in order to enable as many students and trainees as possible to be able to access the group without disruption to their studies and working lives. Past activities include film showings, discussions, reading as well as reflections about the Trust as a place of learning in relation to contemporary mental health practice in a multi-cultural society.

Meetings in the Academic Year 2019/20:

Autumn term

  • Monday 28th October 2019 at 1pm in Room 129
  • Thursday 5th December 1pm in Room 129 

Spring term

  • Tuesday 21st January 2020 at 1pm
  • Thursday 5th March 2020  at 12:30pm

Summer term

  • Monday 27 April 2020 at 1pm
  • Tuesday 2nd June 2020 at 12pm.

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