TC7 conference keynote speaker Makungu Akinyela highlights the issues of race, ethics, culture and identity
Makungu Akinyela's keynote TC-7 address in 2006 discusses the relationship between culture, colonization and therapy
Makungu Akinyela discusses the trap for therapists of colour in limiting their therapeutic beliefs to colonial thinking and how this devalues their own histories and cultures
Identity is not based on location (a geographical location). Makungu argues that identity is based on a communitarian notion of the self and - is relational
Makungu Akinyela discusses the important differences found in meaning making, communitarian culture and practice, and what he calls testimony therapy
Makungu Akinyela Introduces TC7 to the work of psychiatrist Franz Fanon - viewed by much of the developing world as the leading anti-colonial thinker of the 20th century
Makungu Akinyela introduces African-American activist W.E.B. Du Bois' ideas of double consciousness - where in the colonized person taking on the language and meaning of the colonizer becomes more and more alienated from their own culture/people.
Makungu Akinyela suggests that Africans, Asians, Latinos or other indigenous peoples are challenged to rescue, reconstruct, and define therapeutic metaphors based on our own cultural and historical experiences.