Shame & Internalised Oppression


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Encountering the particular obstacles that GSRD clients experience when struggling with shame and internalised oppression can be challenging for Counsellors, Therapists or Mental Health Professionals. You may find yourself working with a wide range of crippling emotions, negative or self-limiting beliefs and low self esteem.
If you’d like to understand more about why and how shame and internalised oppression can manifest for GSRD clients and explore effective ways to support your clients to find a greater sense of personal freedom, this online-learning CPD module is for you.

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 specialist CPD module provides valuable insight into shame and internalised oppression so that you can recognise and understand these crucial issues for GSRD clients. It outlines effective therapeutic approaches underpinned by the latest clinical thinking. You are encouraged to explore your own journey as a mirror of client experience and to identify the learning you can bring to your therapeutic context with GSRD clients.

This CPD module offers you the opportunity to:

  • explore definitions of shame and internalised oppression and understand how these concepts are formed for GSRD clients
  • understand the particular impact of shame and internalised oppression on GSRD clients, their lives and relationships
  • consider theoretical perspectives about GSRD clients’ responses to shame and internalised oppression and explore a wide variety of therapeutic approaches to enable you to offer effective, affirming and sensitive clinical practice
  • explore your own experience of relationship to gender and sexuality shame and internalised oppression and acknowledge the significance of a number of important healing factors when working with shame and internalised oppression

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:

Tim Foskett is an accredited individual and group psychotherapist and supervisor with the UK Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners and UKCP. He is a Director of North London Group Therapy and of Loving Men, which runs events about intimacy between men. He is also currently a board member of the International Conscious Movement Teachers Association.

Between 1995 and 2008 Tim was the Groupwork and Training Manager at PACE. He led and co-devised the sexual health and relationships group work programme. He has written three interactive workbooks for gay/bi men: Getting Ready (Self esteem and getting ready for relationships), Getting What You Want (friendship and relationship skills) and Getting Sexy (enjoying sex more), and two reports about groupwork with gay/bi men, Talking Spaces (1986) and Talking Spaces II (1996).

Graduate testimonials

The module on Shame taught by Tim Foskett has had the most tremendous impact on me as a person and a practitioner. What we learned about shame has started a conversation for me, and I am continuing it as I go along, with most practitioners and patients I meet.

The life line exercise is now a staple in my work with LGBTQ* patients, and it always brings deep insights as well as creates an intimate atmosphere which allows people to lovingly interact with parts of themselves they have been shamed for.

Tanya Dolis


Shame and internalised oppression is at the core of therapeutic work with GSRD clients in improving mental health.

This module is a must if you want to understand how to work with GSRD issues in therapy.

Maria Kindstedt

Licensed Psychologist, Stockholm, Sweden

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Study options

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