Therapist Disclosure Of Sexual Orientation


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Therapist disclosure of sexual orientation is a highly debated topic in GSRD therapy. As a Counsellor, Therapist or Mental Health Professional with a minority sexual identity you may have concerns about how you will be received by clients, colleagues, within organisations or training settings and whether disclosure puts you at risk of prejudice or oppression. You may have questioned whether disclosure of your sexual orientation would compromise your therapeutic modality or feel unsure about how disclosure sits within the legal and ethical frameworks that underpin professional practice.
Our online-learning Therapist Disclosure of Sexual Orientation CPD module draws upon the latest research and clinical opinion to offer you a clear picture of the issues for both therapist and client. The module will support you to develop a congruent approach to disclosure within your own clinical practice, leaving you feeling confident about delivering effective therapy to clients without compromising your own identity and well-being.

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 the risks, concerns and ethical issues and implications for both therapist and client related to therapist disclosure of sexual orientation
  • explore research and clinical thinking about methods, reasons and types of therapist disclosure of sexual orientation
  • consider reasons why therapists may not disclose their sexual orientation to clients and the implications of this in terms of the costs of concealment
  • relate research and clinical thinking on therapist disclosure of sexual orientation to your own personal experiences

Candidates who submit and pass a short set of tutor-marked questions will receive a Certificate of Study worth 15 hours 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

This module is something that is lacking in therapists training.

Working through and challenging your own perceptions and former training on therapist self disclosure and how to use this to the benefit of therapeutic work is eye opening!

Maria Kindstedt

Licensed Psychologist, Stockholm, Sweden

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Study options

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