Aug

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2022

Spotlight on Mamood Ahmad and Sam Jamal

Ahead of their upcoming BTP Event: Working with Race Based Trauma and Stress on 15th October, we asked Mamood Ahmad and Sam Jamal to tell us more about themselves and the workshop.

In the workshop they will help you work with client experiences of racism, racial stress, racial trauma, and intergenerational racial trauma.

This training will give you a deeper understanding and equip you with the expert strategies and skills you will need to help clients narrate, heal, and empower from within their wounds of racial stress and trauma.

Mamood Ahmad

Mamood Ahmad is a UKCP Psychotherapist, trainer, author, and founder of “The Antidiscrimination Focus” (TADF).

The TADF works with individuals, training providers and institutes who wish to embed anti-oppressive and all-inclusive practice into their curriculum, service design and organisational structures.

Mamood is an expert in anti-discrimination practice, trauma, race, culture and intersectional diversity. He has run a private practice in Binfield, Berkshire since 2012. He is a lifelong dedicated practitioner of Wing Chun Martial Arts.

Where it all began…

My training began around 12 years ago, while reading a book by Anthony de Mello called Awareness. He talked about a deep change process which is simply achieved by awareness rather than change, a simple but still powerful idea.

This was while I was working as Chief Technologist for an international service company. I initially trained in integrative psychotherapy and Hypnopsychotherapy, and have recently entered the profession full-time.

Teaching & Training…

Because of my own disappointing experiences of therapists being ambivalent to issues of diversity and culture, as well as those of clients on social media, I became interested in supporting the wider client community in getting the best from therapy.

I set up small communities to educate the public and have written three books on the subject. My book “Client Perspectives on Therapy” sells the most and I enjoy saying it’s a cult classic (quiet cool really)…

After becoming more in touch with the exclusivity of therapy, I set up the anti-discrimination focus as a way of creating a loosely coupled network of training providers, students, trainers, and therapists who shared a passion for influencing systemic change.

I believe that this is an ever urgent problem that we all need to get behind to solve.

If you weren’t a therapist…

I’m content where I am. I am a dedicated practitioner of Wing Chun which I am extremely passionate about. This, work, friends and family is all I envisage.

Sam Jamal

Sam Jamal is a BACP registered therapist, a trainer, group therapist, and co-lead of The Anti-Discrimination Foundation (TADF).

Sam specialises in working with abuse, race, culture, sexuality, trauma, relationships, diverse identities, and group encounter work.

She has two decades of experience working within youth services, where she dedicated herself to working with gangs, young offenders, the vulnerable, and exploited young people.

Where it all began…

My training began around 14 years ago. I had been working for the Youth Service for 12 years. Here I was working with gang members and exploited and vulnerable young people who were not being supported in the system, as their voices were not always being heard or deemed important. I could relate to this, having been a young person with brown skin and not having anyone to go to, except one person who changed my life. So, I began my journey of self-development and ended up studying counselling & psychotherapy. I left the Youth Service after 22 years and went into full time practice 6 years ago.

Teaching & Training…

One of the biggest influences in my life were my grandfather and grandmother who raised me. They were first generation immigrants to this country. One couldn’t read, write, or speak English but worked tirelessly every day, and never complained. One could read and write English and had a desire to learn and study, but never had finished school as he had became a soldier to fight in the Second World War at 16.

They encouraged me to study, learn and work hard. There were few brown faces at the time when I was growing up, so the only role models I had were them, until I met my Psychology teacher who was European. She helped me gain a voice, understand my feelings, and encouraged me to stand up and use my voice for change within my community and make life better.

I’ve worked and studied in the fields of caring and social justice for the majority of my life, including formal qualifications and training in working with young people, abuse, sex, trauma, relationships or studying extensively at Metanoia.

When Mamood started working on his first couple of books to help clients find their voice and to help those from diverse cultural backgrounds to feel included, I was immediately interested. This includes working to challenge systems that need work on making changes, and making all people feel included. I knew that this is an area that I wanted to be working in. A beautiful partnership then formed and TADF came to life.

If you weren’t a therapist…

I’d still be doing what I’m doing as a therapist practitioner, trainer, and group facilitator. I love what I do with a passion. But if I hadn’t been a therapist, I feel like I would have been a Social Worker or worked for Amnesty International as I was member with them from 12 years old.

Trainer Video

In this video Mamood Ahmad and Sam Jamal introduce their talk for the BTP Event *Working with Race Based Trauma and Stress* – 15th October 2022:

Join Mamood and Sam on 15th October at our CPD Event: Working with Race Based Trauma and Stress.

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