This webinar brings together three very experienced and knowledgeable presenters to examine the significant and disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities and how the counselling profession can learn, respond and best support these communities moving forward.

Through the COVID-19 pandemic it has become evident that BAME communities have been disproportionately impacted. Research by the Kings Fund found that although people from ethnic minority backgrounds constitute 14 per cent of the population, they account for almost 35 per cent of critically ill COVID-19 patients. Analysis by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) found that Black people were more than four times as likely to die as white people of the same age to die from COVID-19.  

For many BAME communities, the trauma of loss, changing work and family circumstances, financial insecurity, isolation and bereavement due to the pandemic will have taken a heavy toll. At this crucial time, we need to listen to what the impact has been and will continue to be for BAME communities and understand the role that we play as a profession and also from our members perspectives as counsellors and psychotherapists - the role and opportunities that there might be ahead.  

This webinar will give you the chance to listen and get involved in a discussion with our presenters on how the profession can  provide a culturally appropriate response. We hope that you will share your experience to help the profession respond to the crisis and what might be required to provide the right support moving forward.

Aims of the resource

  • to examine the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities
  • to discuss  the ‘culturally appropriate’ therapeutic needs of the BAME communities impacted by COVID-19 
  • to allow BACP to plan for what we can do about the potential significant increased demand for psychological therapies to support BAME communities
  • for key stakeholders to recognise the important role counselling services can play in reaching BAME communities 
  • to have an open discussion and help build a narrative to support BACP's COVID-19 campaign and inform the response to the needs of the BAME communities affected
  • to continue to add to BACP's ask to the Government on an action plan to deliver a comprehensive mental health response to the COVID-19 crisis which provides culturally appropriate high-quality therapeutic interventions.  

Watch David Weaver talking about the event on our YouTube channel.

How to watch the resource

This resource was shown live on ​Tuesday 28 July 2020. If you would like to access this resource, simply log in and book a place to enable access to the on-demand service which will be available from Wednesday 29 July 2020, so you can catch up on anything you have missed.

Please note, your confirmation email will include an 'end date' of this service in August, but we'd like to reassure you that the resource will be available for as long as needed during this period.

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Meet the presenters

Myira Khan is a BACP Accredited Counsellor and qualified supervisor. Myira offers counselling to adults, couples, children and young people and supervision to qualified and trainee supervisees. Myira is also qualified in online counselling and supervision. Myira is the Founder of the Muslim Counsellor and Psychotherapist Network, which aims to support Muslim counsellors, therapists and psychologists (trainee and qualified) alongside increasing the visibility and representation of Muslim practitioners in the mental health field. Myira is also a counselling tutor, delivering counselling training courses at the Leicester Centre for Psychodynamic Counselling, and facilitates workshops and events independently across the UK.

Dr Dwight Turner is Senior Lecturer in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy within the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Brighton, United Kingdom. He has been a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice in London since 2005, and is also a part-time lecturer, supervisor and workshop facilitator at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London. Dr Turner’s research interests include continuing the exploration of the link between privilege and otherness, his work being philosophically underpinned by the ideas of intersectionality theory.