Mixed Race and Racism

The Psychological Effects of Racism – Presented by Ivan Ward, April 2021
Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust YouTube Channel

In his highly personal presentation from April 2021, Ivan Ward uses his own experience and that of others to show how psychoanalytic theories can help us understand the significant psychological effects of ‘low-level’ everyday racism in white-majority societies. The talk is chaired and discussed by Dr. Tosin Bowen-Wright.

Ivan Ward is Head of Learning Emeritus at the Freud Museum London. Born in Hackney in the mid-1950s, he is a mixed-race father of two girls and author of a number of books and papers on psychoanalytic theory and the applications of psychoanalysis to social and cultural issues, including race and racism.

Dr. Tosin Bowen-Wright is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust. She has specialised in the field of child and adolescent mental health services as a clinician, supervisor and manager. Tosin has been an important part of the Trust’s journey to becoming an anti-racist organisation that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its organisational function.