BAATN: Supporting those Who Support Others

BAATN: Healing for the Healers


Eugene Ellis, Director of BAATN

I had the pleasure of attending my eighth annual conference of the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) recently; as always it was both a joyful and painful experience, but again, as always I went away uplifted by the experience.

Each year a particular theme is chosen and this year’s theme centred around past and present trauma and it’s effect on those who practice psychotherapy and counselling.  The subject was particularly poignant as the WIndrush scandal had broken recently, as well as the 25th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Witnessing the Cries of the Heart

The format of the conference was unusual, in that rather than listening to several short lectures, we watched a video – a collage of African, Caribbean and south Asian people recounting their traumas that resulted from events such as slavery and the British Raj in India; generational traumas that are still echoing in the psyches of people of colour until today.

The video below talks a little bit about the experience – in general terms – of the process of enabling a healing space for those who usually hold such a space for others.