Working Alongside Trans and Gender Variant People
A new two-day training course for therapists and counsellors
This new two-day course has been created in response to demand for more in-depth and specialist learning from therapists and counsellors themselves, and to the need of the trans community for a pool of trans-knowledgeable therapists and counsellors to draw on.
The training will be a mix of formal presentations, interactive exercises and reflective discussions delivered in a small group learning environment by two professional trainers who combine extensive therapeutic and trans-specific knowledge and practice.
About the Course
Date: Friday 2nd / Saturday 3rd June 2017
Time: 9:00 arrival for a prompt 9:30 start; close at 16:30
Location: London, within 5 mins average pace walk of King’s Cross station
Cost: £325 which includes:
- An extensive resource pack
- Your first year’s membership of the new GI Network for Therapists and Counsellors
- Listing in the Gendered Intelligence Therapists and Counsellors Directory (subject to criteria – see Directory information below)
- An attendance certificate
- Lunch and refreshments on both days
For: This course is for practising psychotherapists, therapists and counsellors who are working with, or are interested in working with, trans and gender variant people
Numbers: Maximum of 18 participants to ensure individual learning needs are met
This two-day course will cover:
- Gender diversity in the current social context
- Relevant legislation, including The Equality Act 2010, and how it relates to service provision
- The WPATH (The world Professional Association for Transgender Health) Standards of care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People and how they inform good practice
- The treatment pathways and medical contexts relevant to transgender people and their families
- Specific terminology, skills and knowledge relating to the use of language when working alongside trans and gender variant people
- Gender Theory and how it can inform good practice in therapeutic work with trans people and their families
- Theoretical models and psychotherapy practices that support work with trans and gender diverse people
- Current dilemmas in practice with transgender and gender diverse people
At the end of the course, participants will:
- Appreciate how sex, gender and sexual orientation interact
- Feel more confident in understanding how gender is constructed and the impact this has on identity, relationships and therapy
- Understand key terms and language, and have strategies to approach their continuing evolution
- Understand the legal and medical contexts for working with trans clients
- Know a range of ideas, tools and theoretical underpinnings to enable better conversations about gender and gender diversity in therapeutic practice
- Be able to identify good practice in relation to working alongside and supporting transgender and gender variant clients
- Feel more confident to engage in conversations about gender and gender diversity
- Know where to find further helpful resources
Quotes from Participants on Previous GI Courses
This is a new course for 2017 which builds on a core half-day general course Gendered Intelligence has been running for some time. Here are some comments from delegates attending that half day session:
“Excellent workshop. Very thought provoking. I will definitely recommend to other professionals in my field. I was very impressed with [the trainer’s] presentation of the workshop and the professionalism and friendly environment. I would like a Part 2 workshop.” Counsellor, 2017
“[The trainer] was so engaging and reflective. He and the training were highly informative. I think this training is a must for all professionals working in and with the community in the wider sense.” Educational Psychologist, 2016
"Excellent training. I will feel more confident in working with trans people in sessions now." CAMHS Practitioner, 2016
About Gendered Intelligence…
Gendered Intelligence is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, established in 2008.
Our vision is of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued.
Our mission is to increase understanding of gender diversity and improve quality of life for trans people.
To achieve this, we work with all those who impact on trans lives, and we also work directly with trans people. We particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-30.
About the Trainers…
Simon Croft leads Gendered Intelligence’s training and professional services function. A professional, qualified trainer, he has worked with GI since 2009 and brings over 15 years’ experience to the role.
Simon is himself trans-identified and has been active in the trans community since 1997 in diverse ways, from leading a peer support organisation to becoming an internationally exhibited artist engaged in the exploration of trans experience.
Amanda Middleton has over 18 years experience providing counselling and psychotherapy to a diverse range of people and groups. Initially she qualified as a Psychologist in Australia, and then as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist in the UK. A UKCP registered Psychotherapist, she works primarily with gender, sex and sexuality specialising within the LGBT communities, and has extensive experience in the NHS, social care and private therapy fields. She has previously worked as a specialist in the areas of sex and sexuality, dual diagnosis, HIV and sexual health, drug and alcohol use and domestic violence.
Currently Amanda works as an Associate Relationship Therapist at The Pink Practice, as a Principle Lecturer in Systemic Practice at The University of Bedfordshire and as a Clinical Associate and Trainer for Pink Therapy.
Requesting a Place
ONE PLACE AVAILABLE (OWING TO CANCELLATION)
To request a place on this course, please complete this request form.
Please note: All requests are read and actioned by our staff; places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. You should receive an email within 48 working hours of completing the request form, confirming whether a place is available and has been allocated to you.
Once a place has been confirmed, you will be sent payment details.
Payment options are via invoice (bank transfer, cheque) or via online card payment (Eventbrite – a surcharge applies).
Payment in full is required by the end of April to secure your place.
Cancellations prior to the end of April will be refunded in full.
Cancellations after the end of April, up to and including 19th May will be charged at 50% of the course fee.
Cancellations after 19th May will be charged at the full course fee.
Questions and Further Information
For questions or further information not covered on the website, please contact Simon:
Gendered Intelligence Network for Therapists and Counsellors
The Gendered Intelligence (GI) Network for Therapists and Counsellors aims to support therapists and counsellors to enable a positive experience in a therapy setting for trans people (and their families).
Therapists and counsellors who complete GI’s two day course “Working Alongside Trans and Gender Variant People” can become members of the GI Therapists and Counsellors Network.
The first year’s membership is included as part of the training.
Joining the network entitles you to:
- Be added to a directory aimed at trans people and their families
(subject to criteria – see Directory information below))
- Join the e-mail distribution list
- Receive a newsletter with therapist related content 4 times a year (sent out 6-8 weeks before next group supervision / consultation)
- Access group supervision / consultation
(every 3 months, maximum of 12 people for 3 hours, cost £45/session)
The annual fee for subsequent years is currently £80.
Gendered Intelligence Therapists and Counsellors Directory
Therapists who complete the training and show competency through an application form can sign up to the forthcoming GI Standards of Therapeutic Provision and be put on the Gendered Intelligence Therapists and Counsellors Directory.
Competency is demonstrated by being registered with professional body, qualified to a certain standard, having prior work experience and/ or through participation in the GI therapist and counsellors supervision / consultation sessions.
Therapy organisations whose team have completed the therapist training and have joined the GI Professional Services membership may join the register.
This directory is available to members of the trans community, including young members of the GI youth groups and the Parents and Carers group.