Counselling the LGBTQ+ Client

Counselling the LGBTQ+ Client

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Having some knowledge of LGBTQ+ identities can increase your confidence in your practice with clients.

About this event

Our concept of gender and sexuality are changing. Many people are choosing identities that do not adhere to the values of traditional cisgendered, heterosexual and monogamous society.

LGBTQ+ clients seek therapy for support with issues around identity, relationships, upbringing, and place in society. Sometimes the client’s identity is secondary and perhaps inconsequential to what they want to talk about, but they often want to know the therapist is affirmative in their approach to LGBTQ+ identity.

The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • To define and explore sex, sexuality and gender as unique and overlapping concepts.
  • To increase knowledge around gender identities and pronouns.
  • To explore a number of broad issues effecting LGBTQ+ clients such as Microaggression, Minority Stress and Intersectionality.
  • To create some space to explore the delegates relationship with their gender and sexuality through small and large discussion groups and experiential activities.

Having some knowledge of LGBTQ+ identities can increase your confidence in your practice with clients. I aim to create a safe and relaxing space in my workshops for delegates to be curious, ask questions, learn and share experiences with fellow delegates. I will also share my own experiences of working with the LGBTQ+ community throughout this workshop.

Aimed at: Counsellors and Trainee Counsellors

Facilitator - Aileen McCormack

Aileen McCormack is a Person Centred Counsellor, Supervisor, Trainer and FE Lecturer in Counselling, working in Glasgow and Edinburgh. She is also a member of BACP.

Aileen spent four years working as a Counsellor for both Crossreach, Glasgow and two years with the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Foundation, Manchester. Prior to her counselling career she was employed within the homeless sector and a Macmillan Cancer Support funded programme.

Aileen has worked within the LGBTQ+ community for a number of years in volunteering roles and through her work as counsellor. She has completed a Certificate in Sexual Minority Therapy and is also a GSRD (Gender, Sexuality, Relationship, Diversity) Aware Trainer via Pink Therapy.

Cost - £85 (Student £65)

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Handouts and CPD certificate are included in the price.

Please note that a delegate space is not guaranteed until payment is received.

Minimum numbers: 10 (max 16) - Please note that the workshop is subject to cancellation or re-scheduling if the minimum number required to make them viable is not reached. In this situation, the following options will apply:

  • Receive a full refund (excluding Eventbrite's fee if you pay using this method).
  • Hold the space until a new date has been offered.
  • Move the booking to another workshop.
  • Receive a credit note to use at a future date.

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