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About our Training

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.

NB: Many of our trainings come with a (sometimes extensive) pre-course reading list. Please allow reading time when booking a course, and please do not make same-day bookings. Many thanks!

Please contact Anya Stang if you have any questions.

Training Courses: Terms and Conditions


Disclaimer: 

Pink Therapy reserves the right to amend, change or cancel workshops or trainers at its own discretion due to circumstances beyond our control. 

We normally take a decision as to whether we have sufficient numbers to run an event, six weeks prior to the event.  If you are having to travel to London, we suggest you bear this in mind when making your travel and accommodation arrangements as we cannot be held liable for any costs incurred if we have to cancel an event.  Course fees will of course be refunded. 

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Diploma in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy
Blended learning experience delivered primarily online with a one-week residential in London - this course will run over two years and will involve participants in a mixture of guided personal study, peer and tutor clinical consultation/supervision, and experiential learning. 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. We will also be holding a five-day residential in London between the two years to offer deeper experiential and skill-based learning.
Category : Two-year programme
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 26/09/15 - 13 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/pinksummer2015
Category : Stand alone course
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 06/07/15 - 5 day(s) 06/07/15 - 5 day(s) 27/06/16 - 5 day(s)
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Diverse Sexualities and Lifestyles
A four-weekend course (COSRT-endorsed) including: Bisexuality in the therapy room Working with openly non-monogamous relationships Working with Chemsex Understanding Kink and BDSM Working with sexual compulsivity in gay and bi men Asexualities: intimacy and desire Introduction to Psychosexual Therapy with Gender and Sexual Diversity Clients
Category : Diverse Sexualities and Lifestyles
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 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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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 : Diverse Sexualities and Lifestyles
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 : Diverse Sexualities and Lifestyles
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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Working with Chemsex
This workshop will explore working with men who have sex with men (MSM) who use Chemsex (drugs to facilitate sex: esp Crystal Meth, Mephedrone and GBL/GHB
Category : Diverse Sexualities and Lifestyles
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 06/11/15 - 1 day(s) 06/11/15 - 1 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 : Diverse Sexualities and Lifestyles
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 07/11/15 - 1 day(s)
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Working with sexual compulsivity in gay and bi 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 Diverse Sexualities and Lifestyles.
Category : Diverse Sexualities and Lifestyles
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 15/01/16 - 1 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 : Diverse Sexualities and Lifestyles
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 16/01/16 - 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 : Diverse Sexualities and Lifestyles
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) 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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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 : 18/06/16 - 1 day(s) 18/06/16 - 1 day(s)
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