£140 – £230

Working Transpersonally with Gender, Sexual and Relational Diversities

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An interactive workshop for counsellors and psychotherapists who want to become more confident in working transpersonally with GSRD clients.

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Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June 2021

10am – 5pm [ONLINE]

Following on from the recent Taster session held last year, this interactive two-day workshop is for counsellors and psychotherapists who want to learn about and become more confident in working transpersonally with gender, sexual and relationally diverse clients.

Who is this for?

• This session is open to all counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and mental health practitioners, as well as students in their final year of counselling or psychotherapy training (and those who attended the taster session).

• It is for those who want to broaden their knowledge and increase their confidence and effectiveness when working with gender, sexual and relationally diverse clients. The session looks at their specific needs and issues, which might challenge the way you provide effective and non-pathologising support.

Workshop Purpose

Recent research* highlights the mental health of those who express (or are questioning) themselves, sexually, spiritually, relationally or gendered, in ways other than heteronormative. Statistics highlight that GSRD people are nearly twice as likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and other mental health issues than the rest of the population.

*Read the full report here: LGBT+ mental health

This Workshop explores the specific issues with working with this client group. It also provides psycho-educational input to counsellors/therapists about appropriate mental health support for GSRD (Gender, Sexual and Relationally diverse) clients.

Our Approach

Psychosynthesis applied to psychotherapy is a non-pathologising and unique approach that combines both psychology and spirituality. It is a transpersonal and holistic process that helps the individual deal with patterns of behaviours which inhibit or prevent living life in meaningful and fulfilling ways.

It brings us into contact with the life journey to meaning and wholeness and can often hold deep significance for GSRD clients. Ignoring this takes us back into the problematic areas of pathology and neurosis, which overlooks the impact of the society and environment in which these clients have to live and function, creating psychological disturbances.

What to expect?

The workshop will explore and challenge the participants’ own mindsets, expectations, assumptions and reactions while working with GSRD clients. This includes unhelpful cultural messages that pathologise clients and inhibit their Self-realisation.

Through theory, group discussions, experiential exercises, and sharing of clinical examples, participants will learn concepts and techniques to increase their confidence and effectiveness when working with clients from these intersections.

• The workshop will provide psycho-educational input to counsellors/therapists about appropriate mental health support for GSRD clients. This is a growing sector in the UK, given the struggles that GSRD clients have had within an existing heteronormative culture and environment.

• The workshop will provide insight by practitioners who have been living/working with this community. This is both from a clinical point of view and personal lived experience. Both Gian and Nick have extensive support through professional and personal peer networks.

This includes:

• Theories on the fluidity of gender, sexuality, and relationship styles

• Forms of GSRD you may encounter

• Overview of latest research/stats, and the relationship between identity and Mental Health issues

• Psychospiritual impact of minority stress

• Exploration of attendees' own perspectives and mindsets about GSRD clients and their own relationships and biases with gender, sexual and relational diversities

• Review of latest DSM-5 classifications and how clients may still be pathologised.

• Implications for therapeutic interventions - working with Survival Personality, sub-personalities, psychospiritual trauma, transference/counter-transference and the use of Psychosynthesis techniques.

• Further resources/readings and follow up.

What you can hope to get from this training

• Broader awareness and understanding of the impact of living in a heteronormative culture and environment and how this affects ‘everyone’, regardless of one’s GSRD identity

• Greater confidence in working with the issues specifically affecting the GSRD communities; the psychological/emotional/spiritual impact for these clients and how Psychosynthesis, in particular, can be used to work effectively with these issues

• Increased knowledge and awareness of your own perspectives and mindsets about GSRD clients. Plus, one’s own relationship and biases with gender, sexual and relational diversities

• Further understanding of the implications for clinical work - what helps, what’s appropriate, and what may not be

• 12 hours CPD Credits

Participants will receive a Reading List and Workshop Handouts.

Ticket price

At the Trust we appreciate that each person has their own unique situation, this includes financial considerations. We invite you to select the price point that fits your circumstances and represents a fair contribution for attending this event.

There are three options to choose from when purchasing tickets:

- Low cost: £140

- Mid: £195

- Full price: £230

There is a discount of £20 for those who attended last year’s taster session. Please contact Paula at events@ptrust.org.uk to request the password and apply the discount.


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Trainers

Nick Field (MA, PgDip, MNCS Accred, MBACP) qualified as a Psychosynthesis counsellor in 2015. He now runs a private practice in London and provides training, education and mentoring workshops around Gay male sexuality, Leathersex, Gender, sexual and relational diversity issues and spirituality. He is also a partner in The London Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity Practice, holds Advanced Accreditation from Pink Therapy as an Advanced Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversities Therapist and is registered as a Kink Knowledgable Professional with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.

nickfield.com / leathersextherapy.org

Qualifications: MA Gender, Sexuality & Culture; PGDip in Psychosynthesis Counselling and Therapy

Gian Montagna (MA, UKCP, MBACP) is a training supervisor and trainer at the Psychosynthesis Trust and works as a Psychosynthesis psychotherapist and supervisor in Private practice.

He is also a clinical associate of Pink Therapy, the UK's largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients.

Gian has 18 years' experience in psychosynthesis counselling and psychotherapy working with adults and couples, both in private practice, NHS settings, and various charitable organisations such as MIND, RNIB, SurvivorsUK, Missing People, the Naz Project London.

Gian has an interest in working with gender and sexual diversity clients and apply psychosynthesis principles to all his work with all clients.

www.gianmontagnatherapy.com

Qualifications:

- Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling

- MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy

- Diploma in Transpersonal and Integrative Supervision

- Diploma in Relationship Therapy with Gender and Sexual Diversities

- Practitioner Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

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