In response to the unprecedented world events currently taking place, both in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and the responses to the tragic events involving the murder of George Floyd in the United States, we want to reaffirm AJA’s commitment to combating racism and addressing the need for greater diversity in the psychotherapy profession, including access to psychotherapy, and psychotherapy training, with ever greater vigour. 

We stand in solidarity with all those who are protesting and we hear the demands for change in the powerful anti-racism protests across the UK and around the world.

To this end, AJA would draw your attention to the following two public statements which have been issued.  
The first is a public statement by Anthea Benjamin – UKCP Chair of National Diversity – Power, Position and Privilege Working Group at the Institute of Group Analysis, and member of the UKCP Ethics Committee within the College for Children and Young People – in which she calls on the therapy community to take action against racism.
And the second is a statement by the UK Council for Psychotherapy of which AJA is an Organisational Member: see UKCP’s statement on racial injustice.
Ruth Williams – AJA Diversity Officer
Liz Grant – AJA Chair