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They/Them, Ze/Hir, E/Em, She/Her, He/Him … What are your clients’ pronouns?

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They/Them, Ze/Hir, E/Em, She/Her, He/Him … What are your clients’ pronouns? - workshop with Chloe Foster

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Do you struggle to understand the use of ‘they’ as a gender-neutral pronoun? Perhaps you find it uncomfortable and unfamiliar?

As counsellors we use pronouns all the time when we refer to our clients in supervision (perhaps without even thinking about it) but how many of us have asked our clients what their pronouns are?

In this workshop we will explore together the background of ‘they’ as a pronoun and why it’s important to increasing numbers of clients we see in the counselling room. We will also touch on other less common gender-neutral pronouns to help you build your awareness.

Looking at case studies we will learn together as a group how/when/if to ask clients what their pronouns are and what to do if we make a mistake. Then, putting this knowledge together, you will have the opportunity to practice using the ‘they’ pronoun.

This workshop will be very interactive, suiting a range of learning styles with quizzes, break out rooms, videos, Q&A in the chat room, and a few slides.

Please note: this workshop is a slightly adapted version of the workshop originally listed as Gender-Neutral Pronouns — Building Your Confidence

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: https://www.sussexrainbowcounselling.com/post/who-am-i-part-3

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.

Website: www.sussexrainbowcounselling.com

Facebook: Sussex Rainbow Counselling

Twitter: @ChloeCounsellor

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