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Around the world, individual and social attitudes and therapeutic approaches to sexual and gender minorities are continually evolving.  In most of the world they are becoming more accepting and affirmative rather than pathologising.  However it still seems to be the norm in many of the professional training courses and qualifications that therapists and counsellors undertake, to provide only a very basic education in human sexuality (if indeed any training in that area is provided). 

Often, even these are only based on the most traditional (heteronormative) sex therapy models. There is a lot more to human sexuality and being a therapist than just being “gay-friendly” and, for now, it seems to fall on individual therapists and trainees themselves to ensure they have a proper clinical understanding and training around the diverse sexualities and genders that clients may present with.

Pink Therapy is the UK's leading provider of continual professional development, training, clinical supervision and consultation for therapists or trainees who work with, or would like to work with, gender and sexual diversity clients. We are fully committed to offering this support to other therapists (and therapy training organisations) who are working to improve the overall quality and effectiveness of services available to the public. As such, we are the only organisation who can ensure that, as a mental health professional, you are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to offer these clients the support and acceptance they are looking for.

We have a number of different courses ranging from one day courses to one year training programmes which are certified, accredited and some are even COSRT approved. We also offer an incredibly valuable and essential five day international summer school for therapists who work with sexual and gender diverse clients, outside of the UK. 

Pink Therapy also frequently offers bursaries to volunteer counsellors working within LGBT counselling organisations and others who struggle with the cost of getting themselves qualified or trained to the level they would like. 

If you would like to be able to offer potential clients a safe, knowledgeable and non-judgemental environment where they can talk to somebody about their issues or just explore themselves further, regardless of their sexual or gender orientation, scroll down the list below or select a category from the column on the right.

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Wisdom of The Ages: a workshop for LGBT therapists growing older
This workshop is intended to explore how we, as therapists, transmit our LGBT mature culture through the work with our clients. What do we say to the younger generation whose life experience has possibly been different from our own? How do we deal with their fears and anxieties of growing older? To be able to do this we would need to have explored the issues of ageing for ourselves. The process of this workshop will, naturally, be quite experiential, bringing our own life experiences to bear on our thinking in a field where there is a paucity of theory.
Category : Stand alone course
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 17/01/15 - 1 day(s)
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I'm too sexy: understanding sexual compulsivity in gay and bisexual men
Why does sex get out of control?
Exploring alternative paradigms to 'sexual addiction'?
How can we work in non-shaming ways?

This day is part of a three weekend (six days) program on Alternative Sexualities.
Category : Alternative Sexualities
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 24/01/15 - 1 day(s) 15/01/16 - 1 day(s)
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Alternative Sexualities
A four weekend course (COSRT approved) including:
Understanding Polyamory and non-monogamies
Working with bisexual clients
Working with gay and bisexual men engaging in Chemsex
Understanding Kink and BDSM
Introduction to Psychosexual Therapy with Gender and Sexual Diversities
Asexualities: intimacy and desire
I'm too Sexy: Understanding sexual compulsivity in gay and bisexual men
Category : Alternative Sexualities
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 24/01/15 - 1 day(s) 25/01/15 - 1 day(s) 02/10/15 - 1 day(s) 03/10/15 - 1 day(s) 06/11/15 - 1 day(s) 07/11/15 - 1 day(s) 15/01/16 - 1 day(s) 16/01/16 - 1 day(s) 20/02/16 - 2 day(s)
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Asexualities: intimacy and desire
Do you have an understanding of asexuality?
What is the place of intimacy and amorous or romantic relationships within asexualities?
What is your current thinking around sexual desire?
Category : Alternative Sexualities
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 25/01/15 - 1 day(s) 16/01/16 - 1 day(s)
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Working with Gender Identity
Are you familiar with diverse gender identities? Are you confident in knowing how to help trans clients? Do you want to improve your confidence and knowledge?
Category : One Day Training
Provider : Pink Therapy Courses
Course Events : 15/05/15 - 1 day(s) 18/06/16 - 1 day(s)
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Partnering Trans-identified and Trans-historied People - Problem or Pleasure?
Are you working with partners of trans people? If I married a man who is now a woman, am I lesbian? How do I introduce my wife now he's a man?
Category : One Day Training
Provider : Pink Therapy Courses
Course Events : 16/05/15 - 1 day(s)
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International Summer School
Aimed primarily at therapists working abroad this five day intensive training programme offers an opportunity for therapists to: - learn more about a range of gender and sexual diverse identities - become more aware of how our own prejudices, beliefs and assumptions can affect the therapeutic encounter - explore the power dynamics and complexity of intersecting identities in the LGBT communities - share and explore the experiences of gender and sexual diversities in your own country - learn more about specific issues: internalised oppression, shame, hypervigilance and coming out. Details and booking here: http://tinyurl.com/pinksummer2014
Category : Stand alone course
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 06/07/15 - 5 day(s) 27/06/16 - 5 day(s)
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Post Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy
This course runs alternate years with our Post Graduate Certificate in Relationship Therapy. The next intake is in Sept 2015 and the course is aimed at qualified therapists of all level of experience who wish to deepen their knowledge and skills in working with gender and sexual diversity clients. It's the only course of its kind in Europe and is accredited by Middlesex University with elements endorsed by BACP and COSRT. It remains here to show the structure. But new dates for the next course will be updated in due course.
Category : One year programmes
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 26/09/15 - 13 day(s)
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Working with openly non-monogamous relationships
This day will explore the dynamics that exists in the various types of non-monogamous relationships (including commitment, freedom, practicalities...),
how our work with individuals, couples and groups including family systems might be modified or extended for non-monogamy and
how such ideas might be taken back to work with single or monogamous clients.
Category : Alternative Sexualities
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 02/10/15 - 1 day(s)
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Bisexuality in the therapy room
What are the needs of bisexual people who seek counselling and therapy?
What are bisexual people’s experiences of mental health practitioners?
How can we as practitioners improve our care for bisexual people?
Category : Alternative Sexualities
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 03/10/15 - 1 day(s)
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Essentials in Sexual Diversity Therapy Autumn 2015
A three weekend Certificated Course on working with gender and sexual diversities. This course provides 30 hours specialist CPD.
Category : Essentials of Sexual Diversity Therapy
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 17/10/15 - 2 day(s) 14/11/15 - 2 day(s) 12/12/15 - 2 day(s)
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Understanding Kink and BDSM
BDSM (bondage and discipline, domination and submission and sadomasochism) is perhaps the most demonized form of consensual sexuality, still criminalized in the UK and pathologised as a ‘paraphilia’ in the DSM. Much training material for therapists and counsellors still perpetuates negative myths about BDSM practices despite lack of evidence for any link between such practices and psychological problems.
Category : Stand alone course
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 06/11/15 - 1 day(s)
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Advanced understandings of Kink and BDSM
Advanced understandings of Kink and BDSM
Category : Stand alone course
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 23/01/16 - 1 day(s)
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Introduction to Psychosexual Therapy with Gender and Sexual Diversity Clients
Introduction to Psychosexual Therapy with Gender and Sexual Diversity Clients, rarely do counsellors and psychotherapists get taught much about sex and sexuality and yet many clients present wanting to discuss and improve on the sexual side of their lives. This course will build your knowledge and confidence to work with these issues
Category : Stand alone course
Provider : Pink Therapy Courses
Course Events : 20/02/16 - 2 day(s)
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Working with Sexual Feelings in the Consulting Room
This workshop will explore sexual attraction and erotic feelings, whether ‘real' or transference based and how one can work with them ethically and professionally. There is tremendous therapeutic potential in being able to work creatively with such feelings.
Category : One Day Training
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 14/05/16 - 1 day(s)
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Working with Gender Dysphoric Children, Adolescents and their Parents
This day will help participants develop a greater understanding of how to work with gender dysphoric individuals, including children, adolescents and families where a parent has transitioned. It will provide a framework of how to work with other agencies including education and child and adolescent mental health services and will help participants understand the developmental trajectories and associated difficulties that can be present in young people with gender dysphoria. This day will outline therapeutic and physical support that is available in this area including latest advances in treatment and research.
Category : Stand alone course
Provider : Pink Therapy Courses
Course Events : 17/06/16 - 1 day(s)
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