Intersectionality – Kimberlé Crenshaw’s scholarly analytic framework – refers to the cumulative and transformative ways axes of oppression (such as racism, sexism, classism and ableism) combine to increase marginalised groups’ vulnerability to violence, invisibility and abuses of power. All axes of oppression are associated with increased incidences of psychological distress and ‘mental health problems’. When they intersect, however, they increase vulnerability and can give rise to specific forms of psychological and structural harm, which need particular attention and action.
Intersectionality has become something of a buzzword in popular culture. However, its radical foundations and its call to make visible and to reduce systemic harm – which originates from critical theory and black feminism – is often whitewashed. This course returns to intersectionality’s radical roots, and helps learners examine the importance of this theoretical framework to see and tackle risks factors to psychological distress in multiply marginalised groups.
This course is the first of its kind in the UK! It aims to provide a solid understanding of intersectionality. This is a four-to-five parts thorough, emotionally challenging and reflexive programme which will equip learners with the theoretical and empirical underpinning of intersectionality in relation to mental health, together with strategies to reduce intersectional harm.
- Grasp the meaning and origins of intersectionality
- Explore how various axes of oppression may combine and increase vulnerability to structural violence though lived experience
- Understand the psychological and mental health effect of intersectional violence, including current empirical findings
- Learn practical ways to reduce structural harm linked to intersectionality
- Take a positioned, embodied approach to self-reflectivity
Each PART is expected to take three to five hours to complete on average.
Learners will have three months to complete the course. The course is suitable for all helping professionals, teachers, medical staff, managers and others with an interest in psychology, mental health, social justice AND equality.
The course comprises reading material, guided study, relevant videos and references. Learners may also join an online forum to connect with other learners taking the course. The forum will be available 14 days after the course contents becomes available. A PowerPoint presentation and resource list will be available to download and retain upon course completion.
The course is priced at £399 for non-members and £199 for Race Reflections’ members. Early birds discounts will be offered. The course will be available towards the end of 2020. Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or use the form below to register your interest and we will let you know when registration opens.