“I’d thought sexuality was instinctive or natural, but it’s profoundly linked to inner security and cultural context.”
Tahar Ben Jelloun
Sexual minorities are frequent users of therapy, and transgender clients need to see a therapist as a requirement to gain access to gender reassignment treatments, as well as for numerous other reasons.
However, training in issues relevant to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people and guidance on how to work with them in a respectful and enabling way is only now beginning to develop within psychology, counselling, and psychotherapy.
These workshops help practitioners to start addressing constructions of gender and sexuality in a positive and affirming way.
Film, video and personal exploration exercises are used to uncover and constructively discuss our beliefs, stereotyping and attitudes towards gender and sexual minorities, in a way that will both challenge participants but also facilitate them to engage with their clients in stimulating and practical ways.
Information is given, via power point presentation, about the contexts that influence LBGT lives before moving on to discuss therapy specific topics.
Case study work and role play will be used to focus in more depth on specific therapeutic issues that Gender and Sexual Minority clients may bring to the consulting room.
Intersectionality and cultural diversity is addressed throughout the training.
- Friday, October 14th, 2016: ” When the Couple isn’t enough or when the couple is too much – the Meaning and Management of Open and Polyamorous Relationships” – The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships.
- Saturday, December 3rd, 2016: “Some People are They, Get Over It” – the impact of gender transition and fluidity on relationship. Brighton branch of BAPCA.