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Identifying and exploring cultural bias and how it impacts on practice.

This course is open to all suitably qualified and trainee professionals and aims to equip practitioners with an understanding of how cultural bias can affect psychological therapy. The course will allow a safe space to explore why #BlackLivesMatter is not just a hashtag through consideration of insights and examples of cultural indifference, as viewed from the perspective of a Black British Art Therapist.

Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th September 2022

10:00am - 16:00pm each day


(Delivered via Zoom, information for the day & invite to join will be sent the day before)

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 **Open to all qualified and trainee professionals**


We all have ‘blind-spots’ in our cultural awareness, reinforced by our upbringing, age, geographical locations, personal values etc…


Many of which we may be aware of and possibly even openly own. However, many others we are not so willing to accept or to discuss and so they may subconsciously influence our relationships and impact on our therapeutic work. Many children, young people and adults who use art therapy services may themselves have a strong sense of their ‘cultural self’ – particularly those who find that they are displaced into another culture that is not their homeland and/or are now communicating in a language that is not their mother tongue.


This course will equip practitioners with the potential and confidence to ask the difficult questions of ourselves and possibly also, to not avoid asking some of those difficult questions of our clients.


The two days will help therapists to further consider what more we could do, (personally and professionally), to support our clients from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.



This course includes:

• Presentations on cultural awareness, bias and indifference.

• Art making to explore and discuss our own sense of our cultural selves as well as to safely explore our areas of personal bias.

• Guidance on what is considered appropriate use of language and how/when to bring up cultural references and differences. On completion of this course you will be able to:

• Understand how cultural bias can affect psychological therapy.

• Define your personal influences and identify areas of cultural bias.

• Use existing therapy skills to approach open cultural discussions with service users.


Jacqui McKoy-Lewens trained as an Art Therapist in response to her many years of living and working within BAME communities and with disadvantaged community groups as a local government, Community Arts Officer. This led on to therapeutic work with clients in schools, community centres, forensic settings, pupil referral units and with looked after children/youths who were exhibiting challenging behaviours and many who were also often deemed to be at risk of offending. Alongside her therapeutic work, she has also worked for many years as a lecturer and Academic, teaching Creative Arts & Entertainment Business Management at the Sheffield Business School, prior to taking up her current role as Director for the Northern Training Programme in Sheffield.

Additional Information:

Please Note:

Booking closes 1-week prior to start date. Information and link to join the day will be sent once booking has closed.


Trainee BAAT Member: £180.00


x3 Reduced Rate for Trainees or Unemployed Members: £140.00

Please Note: We can not reserve reduced rate places.


Full Unemployed or Retired Member: £180.00


Full Underemployed Member: £190.00


Full Member (Self Funded): £220.00


Associate Member: £220.00


Employer Funded BAAT Members: £255.00


Non-BAAT Member (Self or Employer Funded): £285.00


Please create a Free Booking Account if you don't have one or are not a member, here:


Employer Funded places for members or non-members, please download a course booking form here: Invoice Request Form - Course Booking Form.docx

Completed Booking Forms (with purchase order number and BAAT booking account number), please email to:


Please Note: We do not accept employer funded bookings without an employer purchase order.


Convenors: Jacqueline E McKoy-Lewens

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