The following definitions are a guide:
Gender and Sexual Diversities (GSD) We take a wide view of these categories, extending the traditional lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Gender diversities are anyone on the gender spectrum however they identify e.g. and not limited to people who have intersex conditions now known by some as Disorders (Differences) of Sex Development (DSD), androgynes, gender queer, cross dressers and under sexual diversities we would also include people who are asexual or celibate, members of the BDSM/Kink Communities, people in non-traditional, non-monogamous relationships (swingers, polyamorous etc).
Gender & Sexual Diversity Therapist
A qualified counsellor, psychotherapist or clinical or counselling psychologist who works with clients who identify as GSD as a significant proportion of their client load, and a member of a recognised professional therapy organisation with a code of ethics and complaints procedure. The therapy qualification should be a minimum of two years diploma level (around 450 hours taught component)
Attendance on courses, workshops and seminars of specific relevance to GSD work. Where possible attendance certificates or letters from course providers should be attached.
Organisational or committee work or active research or training provision which contributes to the development of therapy or training services for GSD clients.
Activities not specified elsewhere which the practitioner believes are relevant to the field.
Significant contribution to the field
Some examples might be contributed to the literature for this emerging field through writing and/or research at an advanced level i.e. Masters’ level dissertation or a chapter in an edited volume or a book. Presented at conferences or developed training courses in GSD issues. Set up or run a therapy organisation with a specific focus on working with GSDs. You will need to specify your achievements in this area but they should be substantive and demonstrate an advanced understanding of the field.
Reading and other media
Books, journals, articles or visual material which have informed practice in GSD areas or contributed to an understanding of social context.
Client therapy hours
Face to face, telephone or internet-based counselling, psychotherapy or therapeutic group work, ideally with a range of GSD clients with diverse identities. For the advanced level we will be looking for a breadth of diversity and depth of thinking in your GSD clients.
Supervision of other GSD therapeutic work, practitioners and students.
Written or mixed-media account of an area of practice or research of specific relevance to GSD therapy work.
If accrediting for the first time this should describe the development and philosophy of your practice with GSD clients and discuss ethical issues and dilemmas and approaches to diversity. It should also indicate how you envisage your practice developing in the future. If reaccrediting this should include how you have developed and extended your knowledge or experience of different GSDs.
This can be the supervisor of your generic practice if they are familiar with the range and standard of your work. We ask for their signature to support your application.