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Diploma in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy
Two-year programme
Pink Therapy
£3,980.00
The course fees are £1990 per annum, including tuition as well as accommodation and meals at the five day residential (additional nights can be arranged at a low cost if participants wish to arrive early or indeed stay on beyond the course). Instalment plans available to spread the cost. Pink Therapy has always had a commitment to capacity-building in disadvantaged groups who may be underrepresented in the counselling field. We will therefore be offering two of the 15 available places in the course at a 30% discount. There will be a bursary for a Trans- or Gender-Variant-identified therapist and another bursary for a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-identified therapist.
Pink Therapy Diploma in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy. External Examiner: Dr Joël Vos, Reader in Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton.

Introduction

Pink Therapy is the UK’s leading independent therapy organisation to specialise in working with gender and sexual diversities.  Over the fifteen years our training programme has been running, we have trained hundreds of therapists and improved their cultural competency and knowledge of a wide range of Gender and Sexual Diversity issues.

For the past seven years, we have been offering a Diploma in Working with Gender and Sexual Diversities, and based on  the conversations we've had with colleagues from around the world, both through social media and at our International Summer Schools, we've decided to start an online training course.

Commencing in September 2015, this course will run over two years and will involve participants in a mixture of guided personal study, peer and tutor clinical supervision, and experiential learning.  We will also be holding a five day residential in London between the two years to offer deeper experiential and skill-based learning.

This course will comprise three elements:

Case Discussion Groups (CDG) - Every four weeks, participants will meet in groups of three via video chat where one participant will present a client with whom they are working and receive peer supervision and consultation. They will then write this process up and submit it to the tutor. These 90-minute sessions run once every month, and at the end of the cycle, the group will meet with one of CDG tutors for a further discussion and debrief. Each student will present six clients during the course.  The CDG groups will be rotated to enable participants to work with a wider range of fellow students and tutors.

Theory Modules - There will be 16 theory modules studied, see table below. Through a combination of guided reading of key texts and  video lectures, students will learn about a range of key subjects. They will answer a series of questions to demonstrate their understanding and critical reflection of the material and how this applies to their own practice as therapists.  Two weeks after submitting their worksheets, participants will attend a live, online 90-minute webinar with a subject specialist (either the module writer or another course tutor who has expertise in this area).

Residential Intensive - There will be a five-day residential intensive held between the two years on 25-29 July 2016, hosted in the beautiful grounds of the University of Roehampton in South West London.

This intensive week? will offer the opportunity for participants to meet each other in person and work at some depth on themselves and developing their clinical skills and knowledge. Since most of the CDG tutors will be involved in this training, we will also be able to programme in a Tutorial Group.  

Another feature of this intensive will be the opportunity to screen and discuss some interesting films.  We hope to offer the chance to attend the screenings to London-based therapists who might come to join us and increase the sense of community.

Award

Successful candidates who pass all the elements of the course will graduate with a Pink Therapy Diploma in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy. 

After careful consideration and after exploring the costs involved in seeking validation of the programme by a University, we have decided to forego this. We would prefer to make the course as affordable as possible, and we believe that Pink Therapy's excellent reputation as pioneers in the field will be sufficiently prestigious to assure everyone that the course is run along professional lines.

Having said this, we have decided to appoint Dr Joël Vos, Reader in Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton, as an External Examiner to the course. Dr. Vos will moderate the marking of final essays and review student portfolios alongside the course elements and submit a report to the Director of Studies and the staff team.

Entry Requirements

As this is a post-graduate training, it is open to participants who have already satisfactorily completed a basic training to the equivalent of a Diploma in  Counselling or Psychotherapy, Counselling Psychology or Clinical Psychology or Psychiatry.

Candidates will also need to possess good levels of understanding in written and spoken English, as the course will be offered in English.

There is a 100% attendance requirement for the CDG groups and the webinars. In the event a student misses the live webinar due to exceptional circumstances, they can watch the video of the webinar and submit feedback to demonstrate their participation.

As this is a specialist clinical training in working with GSD clients, Candidates need to be working with clients who meet our definition of Gender and Sexual Diversities (GSD). 

The definition is wide and we don’t expect that you are necessarily seeing clients from all of these communities/identities.

Gender and Sexual Diversities

There is a whole spectrum of different gender and sexual expressions and we welcome those who are working with people engaged in consensual, albeit transgressive sexualities who are seeking a place to understand and be understood.

These include, but are not restricted to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual,  asexual, celibate, polyamorous, non-monogamous; swingers and those involved in BDSM or Kink lifestyles or practices; or anyone on the trans and gender variant spectrum (e.g.  trans women, trans men, non binary gender people,  cross dressers/transvestites, genderqueer, androgynes, intersex people, and those living with variations in sex development).

Application Procedure

We ask you to complete an application form outlining your training and experience to date, and then attend an interview via Skype.

There will be 15 places available on this course.

To apply for the course, email Anya Stang for an application pack.

Course Fees

The course fees are £1990 per annum, including tuition as well as accommodation and meals at the five day residential (additional nights can be arranged at a low cost if participants wish to arrive early or indeed stay on beyond the course).

Pink Therapy has always had a commitment to capacity-building in disadvantaged groups who maybe underrepresented in the counselling field. We will therefore be offering two of the 15 available places in the course at a 30% discount.  There will be a bursary for a Trans- or Gender-Variant-identified therapist and another bursary for a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-identified therapist.

Course Commitment

We want you to be aware before applying that this course will occupy a significant amount of your time. We anticipate that you will be spending about 5-10 hours per week in studying for this course.

 

Module Number

Topic

Module Writer

Webinar Presenter

1

Introduction to Gender & Sexual Diversity Therapy

Dominic Davies

Dominic Davies

2

Shame and Internalised Oppression

Tim Foskett

Tim Foskett

3

Intersectionality

Dr Catherine Butler

Dr Catherine Butler

4

Coming Out

Olivier Cormier-Otaño

Olivier Cormier-Otaño

5

Living and Working in Same Communities & Therapist Disclosure of Sexual Orientation

Dominic Davies

Dominic Davies

6

Ageing and Intergenerational Work

Deirdre Haslam

Keith Silvester

7

Gender Identities

Dr Meg John Barker

Shelley Bridgman

8

Sexual Practices

Dr Meg John Barker

Dr Meg John Barker

9

Same Sex Relationships (models & dynamics)

tbc

Dr Damian Mc Cann

10

BDSM/Kink

Su Connan

Dr Meg John Barker

11

LGBT Parenting Issues

Dr Damian Mc Cann

Leah Davidson

12

Abuse (CSA & DVA)

tbc

Pamela Gawler-Wright

13

Mental Health Issues

Dr Bartosz Grabski

Dr Gokçe Saridogan

14

Substance Misuse

Dr Christopher Whiteley

Dr Christopher Whiteley

15

Faith/Religion/Spirituality

Jaap Westerbos

Keith Silvester

16

Working with Requests to Change Gender/Sexuality

Pamela Gawler-Wright

Pamela Gawler-Wright



  

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