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Speaking About Race II with Frank Lowe, Fakhry Davids & Baffour Ababio

Speaking About Race II with Frank Lowe, Fakhry Davids & Baffour Ababio Date: 2022-11-05 09:00 to 12:00
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Speaking About Race II with Frank Lowe, Fakhry Davids & Baffour Ababio

Saturday, November 5, 2022 9:00am to 12:00pm
Via Zoom
Sponsored by: 
Alliance, COR, NPSI, SPSI

Co-Sponsored by COR, NPSI, NWAPS & SPSI

We are pleased to present another co-sponsored event examining the intersection of race and psychotherapy. This online event will seek to build upon our initial co-sponsored Speaking About Race event that was held in January of 2021. This class will feature a panel-discussion led by Frank Lowe, Fakhry Davids, and Baffour Ababio. All three presenters will share their personal journeys confronting the intersection of race and psychoanalysis. They will present overviews of their individual writings on this very personal topic. Later in the series, each presenter will return and go into greater depth around ideas shared. Previous attendance in Speaking About Race not required. Register to go deeper together in learning about The Race Complex, Internalized Racism, and Intercultural Therapy.


Frank Lowe is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and formerly Head of Social Work in the Adolescent and Adult Directorate at the Tavistock Clinic.  Before joining the Tavistock in 2001, he was a Social Services Inspector with the Department of Health and had been a manager of local authority mental health and children services. Frank has taught on several Tavistock courses, written several papers on race and psychotherapy and developed services at the Tavistock to improve access to psychotherapy for people from poor and marginalised communities. His work Thinking Space: Promoting Thinking About Race, Culture and Diversity in Psychotherapy and Beyond(Routledge, 2018) reflects on the collaborative work he and his colleagues created in London to form safe spaces for examining race, culture and diversity in psychotherapy.


Fakhry Davids MSc (Clinical Psych) is a psychoanalyst in full-time clinical practice. He is a Fellow and Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytic Society, a Member of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists, a Board Member of PCCA (Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities), and a Member of APsaA’s Holmes Commission for Racial Equality in Psychoanalysis (Co-REAP). He holds honorary appointments in the Tavistock Clinic, the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London and the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Essex University. He is author Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). In it, he "argues we cannot work with problems of racism without understanding the inner processes that underpin it."


Baffour Ababio is a psychoanalytic intercultural psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice and at Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre. Baffour completed his psychotherapy training at University College London and his supervision training at the Guild of Psychotherapists and is a member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy; CPJA) and BAPPS (British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision). Alongside his clinical role, Baffour developed a career in managing mental health services, integrating a community based response to support recovery from a broad range of mental health problems. With Roland Littlewood, he has co-edited a volume on intercultural psychotherapy entitled Intercultural Therapy: Challenges, Insights and Developments (Routledge, 2019), in which Ababio examines the integration of intercultural work in the therapy room.

During this event there will be a short breakout group portion of our time together. Groups will be created randomly during the event, and there will be a method for screening dual relationships. If you identify as a person of color and would like to be in a breakout group with only other people of color, please indicate this preference on the registration form by checking BIPOC affinity group. Further, if you would benefit from being in a group with closed captioning, please indicate this preference on the registration form as well. Groups can be set up with these specific wishes in mind.


  1. Participants will be introduced to the concept of The Race Complex.

  2. Participants will come to a deeper understanding of matters related to Internalized Racism.

  3. Participants will learn about integrating Intercultural Therapy in the context of psychoanalytically informed work.


[Spring 2023] Individual Event with Frank Lowe (deeper dive into The Race Complex)
[Fall 2023] Individual Event with Fakhry Davids (deeper dive into Internalized Racism)
[Spring 2024] Individual Event with Baffour Ababio (deeper dive into Intercultural Therapy)
[Fall 2024] Panel Event with Frank, Fakhry, and Baffour (details TBD)


COR - Josh Sandoz, MA, LMHC -
NPSI - Maxine Nelson, LICSW, FIPA -
NWAPS - Julie Cake, MA, LMHC -
SPSI - Rebecca Meredith, MA, LMHC -
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