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Essentials in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy Jan-Mar 2017
Essentials of Sexual Diversity Therapy
Pink Therapy
£600 when all three weekends are booked together. Individual weekends are priced £240 each (£220 for members of the Pink Therapy directory, please contact us). Priority will be given to bookings for the whole course.
Certificate of Attendance.


  • Do you offer counselling or psychotherapy to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender clients? 
  • Are you confident that you have had sufficient knowledge and training to work competently with gender and sexual diversity clients? 
  • Would you be interested in updating your knowledge and have an opportunity to work on your values, belief and attitudes in this area?
Pink Therapy, the UK's leading sexual diversity therapy training provider is offering a six-day training in the Essentials of Sexual Diversity Therapy.

Attendance at individual weekends except Module 3 is also possible, subject to availability, but priority is given to people booking for the whole course.

The course is primarily aimed at qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling and clinical psychologists, but may be helpful for other helping professionals who engage in providing psychosocial support for gender and sexual diversities. The course can also be attended by therapists-in-training. There are no written assignment requirements for this course but there is extensive pre- and post-course reading which participants will get access to upon booking.

Training times are Fridays from 1.00-7.00pm and Saturdays from 10.00am-5.00pm.

Registration and refreshments start 30 minutes before. 

Module One

Contemporary Models of Gender and Sexual Identity and Understanding the Social Context 

Olivier Cormier-Otaño & Dr Victoria Holt - Friday 13 January 2017 from 1pm to 7pm

This day seeks to help participants understand more about binary versus continuum models of sexual and gender diversity and how these interact with other contexts that clients may bring, such as age, ethnicity, religion, class etc. 
You will also be able to gain an appreciation of the richness and diversity that exists in the LGBT communities and the contradictions and similarities that different groups within these communities may have and develop a greater understanding of the social contexts that gender and sexual diversities live within in contemporary British culture.

Models of Sexual Diversity Therapy 

Olivier Cormier-Otaño - Saturday 14 January 2017 from 10am to 5pm

Will explore some of the different models of how to work with sexual and gender diversity clients and therapeutic guidelines will be offered and critiqued.

The workshop will be a mixture of pre-course reading, didactic inputs, experiential learning, group discussions and plenty of opportunity for participants to explore their own ideas and questions in relation to this subject as well as LGBT cultures, concepts and practices.


Module Two

Understanding Externalised Oppression & Intersecting Identities

Kris Black - Friday 17 February 2017 from 1pm to 7pm

This session will take a close look at identities, and how they interact and the consequences of these interactions. To understand this, we will apply the framework of intersectionality to ourselves and the clients we work with. 

We will then explore how these identities interact with our social environments to create in- and out-groups, and how out-groups negotiate their status as peripheral members of dominant cultures/sub-cultures. This will allow us to appreciate the adverse psychological and physical ramification of such oppression. 

The session will specifically focus on race/ethnicity, religion, social class, and mental and physical health as separate and intersectional identities that may be of relevance to GSD clients.


Working with Internalised Oppression and Shame

Tim Foskett - Saturday 18 February 2017 from 10am to 5pm 
'Internalised oppression' refers to the whole array of ways in which we have taken into our psyches and forms of thinking and being, oppressive ideas, attitudes, behaviours and feelings which are mostly unconscious. These are responses to external systems of prejudice towards sexual diversities which we have all grown up with.

Clinical manifestations of these range from anxiety states to self hatred and include rationalisation, erotophobia, homophobia, denial, projection, rigidity, overextension, addictions and self harm. 

Anyone working on their own sexual development, or with others from gender and sexual diversities, needs to increase awareness of these issues and be ready to work creatively with them. 

We shall examine how we have been affected personally and as professionals and share strategies for effective management.

Module Three

Exploring Sexuality and Gender

Michelle Bridgman and Olivier Cormier-Otaño - Friday 17 March 2017 from 1pm to 7pm

This day will be experientially based, offering participants the opportunity to dig a little deeper into themselves and their own experiences of and feelings about, both their gender and their sexuality.

We're of the view that one can only accompany a client on a journey as far as one has been oneself and since this Essentials course is core training for many therapists wanting to work with a wide range of gender and sexual diversity clients, we feel it would be a perfect opportunity to help participants engage with their selves.

The module is only available to people who undertake the previous modules of the Essentials and not as a stand-alone course to be taken independently. We will be providing opportunities to address some of the material from the previous day on Coming Out via additional reading and resources and by inclusion of some of the material into the previous days of the course. The facilitators, Dominic Davies and Michelle Bridgman have a passion for facilitating the personal exploration of gender and sexuality and will use a mixture of experiential and arts based creative learning techniques alone, in pairs and in the larger group as appropriate. Participants need to be prepared to work on themselves.  This isn’t going to be a theoretical day.


Ethical Issues and Resources 

Olivier Cormier-Otaño - Saturday 18 March 2017 from 10am to 5pm 

Ethical and clinical implications of self-disclosure and the concept of therapeutic neutrality 
Ethical guidelines for managing dual relationships and living & working within the same communities
Guidelines for Good Practice

Therapeutic Resources

Therapist as role model & educator 
Alternatives to the commercial 'scene' and developing social support networks  
The role and function of therapy groups 
Bibliotherapy as a therapeutic tool


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