The Race Conversation: An Essential Guide to Creating Life Changing Dialogue


We suggest this…

particularly for counsellors, but also for anyone who wants to dive deeper into what’s going on underneath the ideas of race and ‘the race conversation’.

A quick summary

This is such a powerful book – written with a counsellor’s insight, looking at the history of the race construct and its present day impact on the mind and body of everyone. Eugene Ellis, psychotherapist and Founder and Director of the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) also offers a counsellor’s way forward – a real conversation, in which we can become conscious of the discomfort and distress, and can bear to face these difficult feelings in order to move forward. The Race Conversation is full of compassion, nuance and active hope, and offers a real route to dismantling racism and creating a better, healthier society for all.


Publisher’s description:

“This book has been written to help us take an honest look at who we really are. It is here to help us dig deep. It is here to heal the nation. I’m no psychotherapist, but I get it.” (Benjamin Zephaniah)

Is it possible not to be confused about race? Is it possible to respond authentically to the hurt and discomfort of racism? The construct of race is an integral part of Western society’s DNA and if we are to address the social injustice of racism, we need to have the race conversation. Yet all too often, attempts at such a dialogue are met with silence, denial, anger or hate. The Race Conversation explores how the damage and distress caused by racism lives not just in our minds, but principally in the body.

As well as helping us to develop a cognitive understanding by exploring the history and development of the race construct, the book focuses specifically on the non-verbal communication of race, both as a means of social control and as an essential part of navigating oppressive patterns. This guide supports black, white and mixed heritage people to emerge from the tight grip of race discomfort to a trauma-informed, neurophysiological approach that emphasises resourcing, body awareness, mindfulness and healing.

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 502 g
Dimensions 234 × 159 × 26 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9781913494261

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