Centre for Applied South Asian Studies (CASAS)

Tahirah Parveen

Cognitive Psychotherapist
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHSFoundation Trust
Bury New Road
Prestwich
Manchester M25 3BL

E-mail: tahirahparveen@gmail.com

Having taken a first degree in Psychology, and qualified as a Teacher (P.G.C.E) and a Social Worker (C.Q.S.W) Tahirah went on to develop a career in Mental Health in the Pennine region. Whist in Bradford she was a member of the Transcultural Psychiatry Unit at Lynfield Mount Hospital, before crossing the Pennines to take up a post as a Psychiatric Social Worker in Oldham. Subsequently she moved to Tameside to manage a newly established Ethnosensitive Mental Health Unit.

When funding for this project came to an end in 1997 she transferred to the Pennine Care NHS Trust as a Senior Practioner, and in due course gained a Diploma in Cognitive Therapy from the University of Oxford.

She still retains a strong professional interest in developing ethnosensitive comptence. She is currently employed as a Cognitive Psychotherpist by the Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. Her major role in the Trust is as a generic clinician in the Primary Care Mental Health Service in Trafford.

Publications:

2008     “Minority professionals’ experience of marginalisation and exclusion: the rules of ethnic engagement” in Eade, John (ed) Advancing Multiculturalism, Post 7/7 Cambridge: The Scholar’s Press pp 73-96

1996     ‘Clinical Provision of Ethnosensitive Counselling: from Margin to Centre’, key note speech, University of Central England, Counselling and Therapy Addressing the Needs of Black and Minority Ethnic Women, UCE, Birmingham

1995     ‘Improving Practice: Eurocentricism versus Ethnosensitivity’ in Caroline Harding (Ed) Not Just Black and White: an information pack about mental health services for people from Black communities, London: Good Practices in Mental Health, Booklet 1

1995     ‘Tameside Ethnosensitive Mental Health Unit – Araam’ in Caroline Harding (ibid.), Booklet 3