Unconscious Bias Training


This is the “Unconscious Bias” training that goes beyond just reassuring delegates that “everyone’s a little bit racist”. We look at therapist bias, where it comes from, why it’s there and how we can begin to dismantle it. We learn just how disruptive bias is to the therapeutic relationship: biases that may seem quite innocent can stand in the way of psychological contact with clients and fair treatment of colleagues. We ask: “is it really unconscious?” and examine what it takes not just to bring this into our own awareness and others’ but to act on that knowledge to bring about real change.

Looking at the minority stress model, we examine the way bias becomes structural and inequality and harm become subtly built into language, systems and social configurations.

“Challenging” is in the title for a reason – this CPD course is designed as the start of a journey that, with luck, will take a lifetime. It should provide some robust tools for that journey as well as ways we can effect real change in our lives and practice from day one.

The workshop explores:

  • Social narratives and tendencies that create unconscious bias
  • Ways we can unpick, notice and challenge our own and other’s biases
  • Narratives that get applied to specific marginalised groups
  • The concept of intersectionality and how this complicates people’s experiences
  • The concept of minority stress and the impact of social narratives and structures on specific groups
  • Critiques of some unconscious bias training approaches and how we can make this count

Feedback from previous participants:

“what an amazing experience in a group where people felt able to be how they wanted to be.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the open discussions. I’m still mulling things over.”

“calm and supportive presence in facilitating the group”

“I Enjoyed the workshop very much, it raised a lot of questions and I shall be processing it all for some time.”

About Sam Hope, MA, MBACP (Accred.):

Sam Hope is a professional Equality, Diversity and Inclusion trainer and has been delivering training in education settings for many years. Sam is also an accredited therapist who works in private practice, and previously in education settings and domestic violence/abuse services. Sam’s book Person Centred Counselling for Trans and Gender Diverse People was published in 2019 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Sam is disabled and a member of the LGBT+ community and also facilitates community spaces and organising around these issues.