7 Ways Not to Exclude LGBTQ Clients from Therapy - Chloe Foster

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7 Ways Not to Exclude LGBTQ Clients from Therapy workshop with Chloe Foster

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LGBTQ Inclusion is a term thrown around a lot, but what does it actually mean?

In this workshop I will work with you to think about how you might be able to make changes to help attract and include LGBTQ clients in your counselling practice/organisation.

Some of the questions we will explore include:

Why it is problematic to use the word ‘preferred’ when asking about pronouns

Why we might not write that we work with ‘both’ genders

Why a female client being married to a man does not tell us what their sexual orientation is.

We will also look at practical steps you can make to your paperwork, website and directory profiles, as well as organisational changes you can suggest be improved, such as toilet facilities and waiting areas.

Please note: this workshop draws on some of the ‘ways forward’ material originally covered at the end of each workshop in my June 2020 workshops.

This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group.

To support practitioners in this time of extraordinary circumstances we are offering access to this group for a self-select fee.

The self-select fee is a radical inclusion policy to open learning for all colleagues. The guide price for this event is £20.00, however, we appreciate that income varies greatly in different locations and circumstances. Please contribute what you can to help us maintain inclusive professional training.

Chloe Foster

I am passionate about training counsellors to enable them to feel more confident working with LGBTQ clients.

As a counsellor in my private practice, Sussex Rainbow Counselling, I specialise primarily in gender and sexual diversity within the LGBTQ communities.

My passion for working in this area began before my counselling career through my work in several LGBTQ organisations. I loved working as an LGBTQ Youth Worker for Allsorts Youth Project and also working for the LGBTQ mental health charity MindOut in Brighton. Later I worked as an LGBTQ Counsellor for Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard. Read more about my work in the LGBTQ community here:

With a first-class degree in Education I love teaching and training and am proud to have made training an ongoing part of my career since 2003.

I’m also an Accredited Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversities Therapist with Pink Therapy.


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Twitter: @ChloeCounsellor

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