2021 Presenters

Dr Elizabeth Cotton

Dr Elizabeth Cotton Surviving Work

PRESENTATION: Surviving Activism

Dr Elizabeth Cotton is a researcher and educator in the fields of employment relations and mental health at work. Her background is in international employment relations, working for Global Union Federations in countries in the global south and transition economies on educational and organising programmes. She returned to the UK in 2007 to work in academia and train in adult psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic. She is the founder of http://www.survivingwork.org and is an Editor in Chief of the British Sociological Association’s ABS4 Work, Employment & Society which publishes on key debates about the future of work. Elizabeth’s current research focuses on the ‘Uberization’ of mental health services, which can be accessed here http://www.thefutureoftherapy.org

You can read more about Elizabeth and her presentation here.


Erin Stevens

PRESENTATION: Facing the Shadow of Harm in Therapy.

Erin is a therapist, writer, poet and activist based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. She is a member of the Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility steering group, and has been a prominent figure in opposing the SCoPEd framework since 2019. Erin is interested in structural oppression, the dynamics of power, and harm in therapy.

Erin blogs at aclientfirst.com, and can be found on Twitter @aclientfirst. She is also the current political columnist for Self & Society – the journal of the Association for Humanistic Psychology. 

You can read more about Erin and her presentation here.


Dr Dwight Turner

PRESENTATION:2021 – The Year of our Intersectional Identities

Dr Dwight Turner is Senior Lecturer within the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Brighton, lecturing on their PG Dip and MSc courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice, and a part-time lecturer at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London.  He completed his PhD through the University of Northampton and the CCPE in 2017.  His phenomenological and heuristic study used transpersonal and creative techniques such as visualisations, drawing and sand play work to explore the unconscious intersectional nature of privilege and otherness.  An activist, writer and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy, Dr Turner can be contacted via his website www.dwightturnercounselling.co.uk.

You can read more about Dwight and his presentation here.


Clare Slaney

PRESENTATION: CLASS – Searching for the elephant in the room from inside the elephant.

Clare is a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor, and on the Steering Group of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility, www.pcsr.org.uk. You can find our more about Clare on her website here: www.clareslaneycounselling.com.

You can read more about Clare and her presentation here.


Pavithra Sarma

PRESENTATION: Learning to unlearn – Journeying beyond performative allyship and the transformative power of anti-racist work.

She is the co-founder of an online intersectional anti-racism learning resource on Facebook called ‘Anti-Racism Education Scotland’ (ARES) with two other Womxn of colour (WOC). This initiative was launched on the 9th of July due to their collective frustrations and experiences in anti-racism and equalities activism and a deep, burning desire to see a shift in mindsets around ‘race’, racism and equality in society. ARES have a very fast-growing worldwide membership with members participating in discussions, activity posts and having access to learning units and resources to reflect and ‘unlearn’ their biases and prejudices on their journey towards being anti-racist. Here’s a link to ARES’ FB group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/areducationscotland

Pavi is also the co-founder of the ‘Anti-Racism Early Years Collective’ (AREYC) that is looking at challenging and addressing the barriers impacting racial justice and systemic change within the Early Years in Scotland. The AREYC are a collective of teachers, practitioners, academics and activists who are very passionate about Scotland being at the forefront of anti-racist practice in the Early Years.  

You can read more about Pavi and her presentation here.


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