Working With Sexuality & Gender Conflicts


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As a Counsellor, Therapist or Mental Health Professional who works with GSRD clients, it’s likely you’ll receive requests for support from individuals who are struggling with matters of identity and believe that conversion or reparative therapy offers a solution.

You may also encounter clients who’ve been affected by the harmful, discriminatory practices of SOGICE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Change Efforts), which often place sexual or gender identity in direct conflict with core religious or cultural beliefs and reinforce a position that there can be no reconciliation.

If you’re keen to provide an affirmative welcome to all GSRD clients it’s essential to be equipped with the therapeutic knowledge and understanding to support individuals who present with distress or conflict about matters of identity. With Pink Therapy’s ‘Working with sexuality and gender conflicts’ online-learning CPD module you can be confident that you can offer an ethical approach, even to clients who initially present for therapy with fixed ideas about the change they require.

This module draws upon a wide range of sources, including the experience of SOGICE survivors, to enable you to get to the core of this highly controversial and ethically sensitive area of therapy. You’ll be encouraged to identify how you can create a safe therapeutic space to explore identity conflict with your clients, consider case formulation and critically appraise a number of therapeutic models that can inform your work.

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:

  • explore a wide range of views about SOGICE and understand the negative impact of these discriminatory practices through the experiences of survivors
  • understand the legal and ethical positions around SOGICE and consider how harmful practice can be eliminated so that GSRD clients can access safe, ethical support when they experience a crisis of conflict that involves their sexual or gender identity
  • identify what motivates GSRD clients to seek SOGICE and understand the internal and external factors that may contribute to a request for therapy
  • establish how you can forge an effective therapeutic alliance with GSRD clients who are struggling with the distress of identity conflict so that they can access therapy that will not reinforce the harmful impact of discrimination
  • understand the complexities of intersectional identity conflict and explore therapeutic approaches and interventions that you can apply in your clinical practice to support clients on a path towards integration and personal authenticity

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: 

Pamela Gawler-Wright is Director of Training for BeeLeaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist since 1994. Her training work includes Pink Therapy and several organisations internationally, across different modalities of psychotherapy. Areas of practice include recovery from trauma, addiction and dependency, co-dependence and working with identity distress. Service to UKCP committees include the Ethics Committee, the Diversity and Equality Committee and Education, Training and Practice Committee.

As a Contemporary Psychotherapist, a range of approaches are integrated according to the client’s needs, sometimes working in brief therapy and some times longer term. Pamela works with individuals and couples, and also as a consultant to organisations. Psychotherapy sessions last between 60 and 90 minutes so that there is time to explore and integrate into life what has been discovered in the work together.

Pamela is a Senior Accredited Practitioner of Pink Therapy, and has been out as bisexual since 1980 and is married to her female bisexual partner of over 20 years. Important to her is working with transgender people in supporting their outcomes individually and collectively and she was highly active in achieving the cross-organisation, trans-inclusive Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy 2017.

Pam wrote the initial version of the IPV module and the initial version of Working with Sexuality & Gender Identity Conflicts

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Study options

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