In the final week of Black History Month 2015 and Theresa May seems to have just cottoned on that diversity in our public services, especially the police force, are nonrepresentational of the society they serve. “Incredibly,” she said, “four forces do not employ any black or black British police officers at all, and female officers make up 28% of all police officers but 51% of the total population.”
While this lack of socio-representation has been the status quo for a good long while, we think it’s important to highlight those many black people, especially women who are doing incredible things for our society. Those who are making an impact in politics, society, culture and the economy even if they are doing so far away from the gaze of the mainstream media. Those like, Dr. Aileen Alleyne.
Aileen is a highly respected UKCP Registered psychodynamic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice. She has a doctorate in psychotherapy by Professional Studies from the University of Middlesex and Metanoia Institute, for which she researched stress and the black experience in the workplace, highlighting the concept of the ‘internal oppressor’. It offers ways of deepening understanding of black and minority ethnic people’s psychological reactions to the negative impact of racism.
Alongside her private psychotherapy practice based in East Sussex and South London, she also consults to organisations on issues of difference and diversity in the workplace and education. She is renowned for her work on slavery and cross-cultural work with various minority and marginalised groups, including gay men and lesbians.She has lectured at the University of London, Goldsmiths’ College for eight years.
Aileen is the author of several book chapters and journal papers exploring themes on black/white dynamics, shame, and black identity wounding. (www.aileenalleyne.com)
photo credit: The Green Parent