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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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Post Graduate Certificate in Relationship Therapy with Gender and Sexual Diversities
This course runs over one year and offers an in-depth training in understanding and working therapeutically with a diverse range of relationships, e.g., monogamous, open, poly and kink relationships. The course will run alternate years with our Post Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy and commences September 2014
Category : One year programme
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 01/09/14 - 13 day(s) 04/10/14 - 13 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 : 20/09/14 - 2 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 : 20/09/14 - 2 day(s) 27/09/14 - 1 day(s) 28/09/14 - 1 day(s) 22/11/14 - 1 day(s) 23/11/14 - 1 day(s) 24/01/15 - 1 day(s) 25/01/15 - 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 : 27/09/14 - 1 day(s)
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Understanding Polyamory and non-monogamies
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 : 28/09/14 - 1 day(s)
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Essentials in Gender And Sexual Diversity Therapy Autumn 2014
A three weekend Certificated Course on working with gender and sexual diversites. This course provides 30 hours specialist CPD .
Category : Essentials of Sexual Diversity Therapy
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 18/10/14 - 2 day(s) 15/11/14 - 2 day(s) 13/12/14 - 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 : 22/11/14 - 1 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 : Alternative Sexualities
Provider : Pink Therapy
Course Events : 23/11/14 - 1 day(s)
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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 - 2 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)
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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)
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