Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Policy

Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Policy 2017-09-09T12:26:42+01:00

BeeLeaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity for all its students and staff and the promotion of inclusivity, diversity and social justice.

The psychotherapeutic modality of Contemporary psychotherapy is explicitly committed to promoting a culture that actively values difference and recognises that people from a variety of backgrounds and experience can bring valuable insights to our training, working environment, practice and wider society. Contemporary Psychotherapy also recognises the harm done by inequity, marginalisation and discrimination and promotes action to highlight and ameliorate the impacts of these on individuals and groups.

The principles of this Policy will also apply to contractors and visitors to BeeLeaf.

All students and staff of BeeLeaf will be treated equitably and will not be accorded less favourable treatment because of age, marital/civil partnership status, gender or gender identity, disability, body type, race, ethnic, cultural or national origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, religious beliefs, socio-economic status and social class.

The only considerations must be that the individual is able to satisfy the requirements of the programme of study or their post.

We confirm our commitment to develop, implement and monitor a programme of equality measures so that unjustifiable barriers to educational and employment opportunities are removed. This will enable BeeLeaf to maintain its diverse membership and continue to enrich its community and philosophy through the contribution of multiple perspective.

Reasonable adjustment will be made to create flexible pathways for trainees to demonstrate their measurable competencies, when this is necessary and justified. These adjustments will be in forms which in no way diminish the standards required to measure fitness-for-practice and for academic achievement.

We recognise the training and therapeutic processes to be influenced by individuals’ experiences of inequity and marginalisation, in the forms of trauma, prejudice, assumption, identity conflict and social interface. We also recognise the training and therapeutic processes to provide opportunities to address the impact of these experiences and patterns.

All students and staff of BeeLeaf therefore commit to their individual and collective responsibility to develop sensitivity, curiosity, humility and respect towards difference.

Staff of BeeLeaf will respectfully challenge, and be challenged on, dynamics such as assumption, exclusion and discrimination as they might appear in the training process and in training materials used on the course. Trainees are invited to similarly challenge staff and students.

Reasonable adjustment to increase accessibility will include invitation to applicants and participants to disclose to staff and trainers any special needs or potential barriers to full engagement with training or competent practice. Staff, trainers and member will then discuss and contract for any supportive adjustments from any or all parties to make participation possible. This process will include risk assessment for the organisation, trainee/member, the public and to other trainee/members. In cases of a history of health issues such as addiction or depression this process will include completion of a self-care contract to help articulate and support the needs of the participant/member. Reasonable adjustments from other members/participants may also be requested but will not be allowed to compromise others’ participation or membership.

From time to time, bursaries become available for participants who are able to demonstrate both need and merit. These will normally be reserved for trainees who have progressed in training to a stage where their own contribution to the BeeLeaf or public community is already measurable and articulated. Any expectations of the trainee connected to receipt of such a bursary will be explicitly stated before award.

BeeLeaf membership and resources will be actively steered towards initiatives which promote psychotherapeutic redress to the impact on individual and society of inequity and towards the promotion of inclusivity and social justice. BeeLeaf Institute commits to challenge the wider psychotherapeutic community where it colludes with or perpetuates exclusion and injustice.