This workshop aims to improve your confidence to support your supervisees working therapeutically with culture, race and language. The session will be highly experiential and will use a variety of methods, for example: discussion, role play, action methods, sculpting and hot seating.

Case studies, based on real (anonymised) scenarios brought by supervisees to supervision, will provide the main focus for the session. These case studies address issues such as: therapist white privilege and class privilege, power dynamics and associated guilt, dealing with racist comments, supporting supervisees who are similar and different to you, working with multilingual clients with and without an interpreter, safeguarding issues across cultures.

By the end of the session it is hoped that participants will feel more confident to work across cultures and languages, allowing themselves and their supervisees to accept that cultural mistakes may be made but that they are also able to repair these ruptures to the therapeutic and supervisory relationship.

About the presenter

Beverley Costa  founded the Pasalo Project in 2017, partly to disseminate the ideas, learning and knowledge from Mothertongue. After training as a group and individual psychotherapist and psychodramatist, she set up Mothertongue, a culturally and linguistically sensitive therapeutic support service for people from black and minority ethnic communities in Reading, in 2000. She has been its CEO, Clinical Director and individual and group supervisor of its therapists and Mental Health Interpreters until its proposed closure in 2018.

Beverley has been running quarterly culturally and linguistically sensitive supervision groups, for all the therapists in the Berkshire IAPT service, for the past nine years. Beverley’s paper, Psychotherapy across Languages, in collaboration with Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele, won the BACP Diversity and Equality Research Award for 2013. She established Colleagues Across Borders in 2013 which offers pro bono peer support to refugee psychosocial workers and interpreters based in the Middle East.  She is a Senior Practitioner Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London.

The main aims of the PDD

  • consider elements of cultural and linguistic sensitivity in supervision practice
  • explore unconscious bias, assumptions and privilege which may be overlooked in supervisory practice
  • identify constraining features, which disable rather than enable open exploration of race, racism, discrimination, privilege, bias etc. when supervising supervisees who are working therapeutically across race, culture and language
  • practise culturally and linguistically sensitive supervisory interventions in live case demonstrations

By the end of the PDD, participants will have

  • raised awareness of their own bias, prejudice etc
  • improved confidence to support supervisees to think about the role of race, culture and multilingualism in clients' therapy
  • increased ability to own their cultural mistakes or clumsiness and to repair ruptures in supervisory relationships
  • increased confidence in working productively with power dynamics in supervision across race, culture and language


This event is currently fully booked but if you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact us at


Park Inn by Radisson Manchester
4 Cheetham Hill Road
M4 4EW


Registration will be 9.30am with the workshop starting promptly at 10am. Two refreshment break and a light lunch will be provided. The workshop will finish at 4.30pm.