Living & Working In The Same Communities


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Counsellors, Therapists or Mental Health professionals who live and work in GSRD communities may often be in the difficult position of encountering clients, or people who could be connected to their clients, in settings outside the therapy room. This can occur through your personal use of social media or networking apps like Facebook FetLife or Grindr, or via social activities and lifestyle. As a professional bound by ethics and codes of conduct you may feel daunted by the boundary, confidentiality and privacy issues this raises.
If you’d like to develop confidence in managing your personal and professional lives, protect your own privacy and continue to work safely and ethically with your client base, this online-learning CPD module will equip you with exactly what you need.

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:

  • understand and explore the issues that can arise when your personal and professional lives intersect
  • consider how you can manage dual or multiple relationships and the ethical dilemmas that you may face as a result of living and working in the same communities
  • develop awareness about how you can manage your social media profiles and online activity responsibly to protect privacy and professionalism
  • identify the specific professional boundaries that will support safe and ethical practice in the communities within which you live and work

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:

Dominic Davies is a Fellow of BACP and a Senior Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist with BACP and a Fellow of The National Council Of Psychotherapists. He is also a member of the Consortium for Academic Research in Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and the World Association for Sexual Health. He has over thirty years clinical experience of working with a wide variety of gender and sexual diversity clients. He pioneered HIV care and service provision in the late 1980s; his current clinical interests lie in Diversities in Sexual Expression and Lifestyle, Gender Therapy and Chemsex initiatives with gay men.

Graduate testimonials

A great foundation to create a practice that both serves our community in the best way possible as well as protects the therapists from isolating themselves from the community they serve.

Maria Kindstedt

Licensed Psychologist, Stockholm, Sweden

The course on boundaries has been particularly useful to return to periodically as a resource when working both from within and with diverse cultural and intersectional dynamics.

Lisa O'Connor

Psychologist, Canberra, Australia

Additional information

Study options

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