Coming Out: Issues & Perspectives


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If you’re a Counsellor, Therapist or Mental Health Professional working with GSRD clients, offering a supportive therapeutic environment for coming out is an essential aspect of effective practice. The complex, developmental nature of the coming out process is no longer exclusive to sexual orientation and you may find yourself working concurrently with key issues of gender identity, lifestyle and the intersections between the communities to which individual clients belong.
If you’d like to develop an in-depth understanding of the conflicts and tensions experienced with coming out and offer inclusive, affirmative clinical practice, Pink Therapy’s Coming Out: Issues and Perspectives online-learning CPD module will equip you with the skills to embrace a diverse range of social contexts and unique GSRD identities with professionalism and confidence.

If you select ‘Self study materials only’ you will receive the information for personal learning but won’t need to submit an assignment. If you select ‘Submit an assignment for Certificate Of Study’ you will submit an assignment that will be marked by one of our Faculty. If you pass the assignment, you’ll be issued with a Certificate Of Study from Pink Therapy for 15 hours of online learning. If you don’t pass, you will be given an opportunity to resubmit.

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This 15 hour CPD module offers you the opportunity to:

  • examine the definition and sociolinguistic origin of coming out and what this might mean for GSRD clients
  • consider the intentions, purpose and implications of coming out for a wide range of GSRD clients
  • familiarise with, apply, adapt and critique models of identity formation
  • explore contemporary clinical perspectives on coming out and consider your own therapeutic approaches to coming out in GSRD client work
  • reflect on the complexities of coming out in relation to other identities, social contexts and cultures

Candidates who submit and pass a short set of tutor-marked questions will achieve a Certificate of Study worth 15 hours of CPD credit from Pink Therapy.

About the Author: 

Olivier Cormier-Otaño (MBACP Accred, COSRT Member and Pink Therapy AAGSRDT) is an Integrative and relational counsellor, a psychosexual therapist and a qualified supervisor. He is a Clinical Associate with Pink Therapy and a Trainer on their Diploma in GSRD Therapy. He also teaches on the Intermediate Certificate in Contemporary Psychotherapy run by BeeLeaf and on the Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy run by CPH and has been running a diversity of groups.

With over ten years working with addiction, relationship, intimacy, gender identity, cultures, sex and sexuality, Olivier offers sessions in English, French and Spanish to couples and individuals.

Graduate testimonials

The presentation and critiquing of coming out models in this module is really helpful to clinical work with GSRD clients.

It gives you a strong foundation of knowledge to further explore and give a context to your clients experiences.

Maria Kindstedt

Licensed Psychologist, Stockholm, Sweden

Additional information

Study options

Self study materials only, Submit an assignment for Certificate Of Study