You are invited to join a conversation on the Psycho-social Elements of Race/Racism with visiting US scholar and clinical psychologist,
Professor Courtland Lee, from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

This dialogue will provide the opportunity to compare the dynamics of mental health challenges of individual and structural racism in the United States with those in South Africa. The discussion will explore the historical evolution of racism and racist ideas in the United States and South Africa in relation to their impact on mental health. The dialogue will examine racism as trauma for both the victims and perpetrators of racism in both U.S. and South African cultural contexts. In addition, the dialogue will provide those in attendance with an anti-racist perspective on psychological intervention to address the trauma associated with racism at both the individual and community level.


Professor Courtland Lee – Courtland Lee is a Professor in the Counsellor Education Program at the Washington DC campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  He is the author, editor, or co-editor of seven books on multicultural counselling and three books on counselling and social justice. He is also the author of three books on counselling African American males.  In addition, he has published numerous book chapters and articles on counselling across cultures. Dr Lee is a Past-President of the International Association for Counselling.  He is also a Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, the only American to receive this honour. Dr Lee is also a Fellow and Past President of the American Counselling Association. He is also a past President of the Association for Multicultural Counselling and Development.  In addition, Dr Lee is a past President of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counselling honour society. He is a charter member of Chi Sigma Iota’s Academy of Leaders for Excellence. Dr Lee is the former editor of the Journal of Multicultural Counselling and Development and currently serves on the Council of Consulting Elders for that journal.  He served on the editorial board of the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling and was a Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Counselling and Development. Dr Lee has held faculty positions as a counsellor educator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Virginia, the University of Maryland at College Park, and the University of Malta.  Dr Lee serves as an international counselling and educational consultant.

This Critical Dialogue will be facilitated by Ms Fatima Swartz who has worked in cross-cultural environments on issues of conflict transformation, organisational development, identity and diversity, mediation and social healing. Working with the District 6 Museum she has also developed a keen interest in issues of heritage and working with memory. She sits on the local Steering Committee of ACTION for Conflict Transformation.

Date: Thursday, 1 August 2019
Time: 17h00 – 19h30
Venue: District Six Homecoming Centre, Cape Town

Host: Cornerstone Institute
Closing date for applications:
10 January 2020 (1st semester intake)

For more information,
email or call 021 448 0050.