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Diploma in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy
Two-year programme
Pink Therapy
The course fees are £2125 per annum (under review), including tuition as well as accommodation and meals at the five-day residential (additional nights can be arranged at a low cost if participants wish to arrive early or indeed stay on beyond the course). Instalment plans are available to spread the cost. Pink Therapy has always had a commitment to capacity-building in disadvantaged groups who may be underrepresented in the counselling field. We will therefore be offering two of the 15 available places in the course at a 30% discount. There will be a bursary for a Trans- or Gender-Variant-identified therapist and another bursary for a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-identified therapist.
Pink Therapy Diploma in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy. External Examiner: Dr Joël Vos, Reader in Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton.


Pink Therapy is the UK’s leading independent therapy organisation to specialise in working with Gender and Sexual Diversities. Over the seventeen years our training programme has been running, we have trained hundreds of therapists and improved their cultural competency and knowledge of a wide range of Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD) issues.

For the past eight years, we have been offering a Diploma in Working with Gender and Sexual Diversities, and based on  the conversations we've had with colleagues from around the world, both through social media and at our International Summer Schools, we started an online training course in Autumn 2015.

We are now recruiting our second cohort, commencing in October 2016, this course will run over two years and will involve participants in a mixture of guided personal study, peer and tutor clinical supervision, and experiential learning. We will also be holding a five-day residential in London between the two years to offer deeper experiential and skill-based learning.

See our VIDEO BROCHURE (full details, 23min) - DOWNLOAD 2016-2018 PROSPECTUS (PDF) - DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORMS (zip file).


The course will comprise three elements:

Residential Intensive – The course will begin with  a five-day residential  intensive on 25-29 July 2016, hosted in the beautiful grounds of the University of Roehampton in South West London. This intensive week will offer the opportunity for participants to meet each other in person and work at some depth on themselves and developing their clinical skills and knowledge. 

Case Discussion Groups (CDG) – every four weeks, participants will meet in groups of three via video chat where one participant will present a client with whom they are working and receive peer supervision and consultation. They will then write this process up and submit it to the tutor. These 90-minute sessions run once every month, and at the end of the cycle, the group will meet with one of CDG tutors for a further discussion and debrief. Each student will present six clients during the course. The CDG groups will be rotated to enable participants to work with a wider range of fellow students and tutors. 

Theory Modules – there will be 16 theory modules studied. Through a combination of guided reading of key texts and video lectures, students will learn about a range of key subjects. They will answer a series of questions to demonstrate their understanding and critical reflection of the material and how this applies to their own practice as therapists. Two weeks after submitting their worksheets, participants will attend a live, online 90-minute webinar with a subject specialist (either the module writer or another course tutor who has expertise in this area).
Another feature of this intensive will be the opportunity to screen and discuss some interesting films. We hope to offer the chance to attend the screenings to London-based therapists who might come to join us and increase the sense of community.

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Entry Requirements & Awards – As this is a post-graduate training, it is open to participants who have already satisfactorily completed a basic training to the equivalent of a Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy, Counselling Psychology or Clinical Psychology or Psychiatry. We will consider applications from qualified allied health professionals involved in providing counselling support and advisory work (e.g., nurses, health advisors, social workers, occupational therapists, youth and community workers etc*). This is not a training in Therapeutic Counselling or Psychotherapy.

Candidates will also need to possess good levels of understanding in written and spoken English, as the course will be offered in English.

There is a 100% attendance requirement for the CDG groups and the webinars. In the event a student misses the live webinar due to exceptional circumstances, they can watch the video of the webinar and submit feedback to demonstrate their participation.

As this is a specialist clinical training in working with GSD clients, Candidates need to be working with clients who meet our definition of Gender and Sexual Diversities. 

The definition is wide and we don’t expect that you are necessarily seeing clients from all of these communities/identities.

Gender and Sexual Diversities

There is a whole spectrum of different gender and sexual expressions and we welcome those who are working with people engaged in consensual, albeit transgressive sexualities who are seeking a place to understand and be understood.

These include, but are not restricted to, people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, celibate, polyamorous, non-monogamous; swingers and those involved in BDSM or Kink lifestyles or practices; or anyone on the trans and gender-variant spectrum (e.g. trans women, trans men, non-binary gender people, cross dressers/transvestites, genderqueer, androgynes, intersex people, and those living with variations in sex development).

Successful candidates who pass all the elements of the course will graduate with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy.
*The Award for a qualified allied health professional would be a Post-Graduate Diploma in Gender and Sexual Diversity Studies.

To keep the course fees affordable and allow us to be as responsive and flexible as possible with the curriculum, we have decided for the time being to forgo University validation. We are however, exploring other forms of vocational course accreditation.

We have appointed Dr Joël Vos, Reader in Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton, as an External Examiner to the course. Dr Vos will moderate the marking of final essays and review student portfolios alongside the course elements and submit a report to the Director of Studies and the staff team.


Application Procedure – We ask that you complete an application form outlining your training and experience to date, and then attend an interview via Skype.

To apply, please download the applications forms here (zip file) or send an email to Anya Stang if you have any questions. 

Course Fees – £2,125 per annum (£4,250 total) plus £500 for the residential element, inlc tuition, (accommodation and meals (additional nights can be arranged at low cost if participants wish to arrive early or stay beyond the dates of the course).

Pink Therapy has always had a commitment to capacity-building in disadvantaged groups who may be underrepresented in the counselling field. We will therefore  be offering two of the 15 available places on the course at a 30% discount. There will be a bursary for a Trans- or Gender-Variant-identified therapist and another bursary for a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) therapist.

Course Commitment – we want you to be aware before applying that this course will occupy a significant amount of your time. We anticipate that you will be spending about 5-10 hours per week in studying for this course. 

See our VIDEO BROCHURE (full details, 23min) - DOWNLOAD 2016-2018 PROSPECTUS (PDF) - DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORMS (zip file).




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