Working Ethically with Conflicts around Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

BeeLeaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy Brings Highly Respected Practitioner-Pioneers together for a Creative, Inspiring and Empowering Training Experience.

  • A safe, accepting and affirming space to explore questions, misgivings, assumptions, conflicts, confusion, creativity, liberation and healing
  • Experiential and informative, including personal process, demonstrations and a rich set of theoretical resources.
  • Demystification of new language and concepts so that you may confidently find your authentic voice when working with infinite diversity.
  • A highly experienced training team Pamela Gawler-Wright and Igi/ Lyndsey Moon bring together many years of combined clinical practice offering learning from cases and challenges in the field.

With greater recognition, acceptance and visibility of gender and sexual diversities, more clients are presenting to therapy. They seek a place to work through questions, challenges and conflicts of finding their own way to live safely and authentically. Especially sensitive cases can be when gender and sexual identity are in conflict with other parts of self, such as faith identity, cultural interface or anatomical sex. Corrosive shame, self harm, rejection or being a target for violence, are real threats to the client’s well-being and must be acknowledged in therapy for authentic and sustainable life choices.

Much attention has been given to the necessary measures required by professional organisations to end abusive therapies that have historically been visited upon Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) clients. These oppressive practices have sometimes been overtly practiced under names such as “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy”. However, prevalent errors in our understanding of binary gender and heterocentric sexuality have permeated all 20th Century psychological thinking and are only now being revised. Many well meaning therapists are unaware of their potential to work unethically, even harmfully, if they have not re-examined their received learning on these issues.

Individuals who are confronted with challenges specific to being of a gender or sexual minority are more likely to experience the need of therapeutic support in sustaining mental health. Any curtailing of bad practice must be accompanied by investment and development of better practice to make therapy more accessible, safe and relevant. This training will prepare you to be part of this better service.

  • WHEN?
    2 full days 16th & 17th June 2018

    *Self-funded £240
    Sponsored £299

    *Discounted Rate for Part One Participants: £220
    *BeeLeaf Member Rate

    London E3 5AX


    By Rail
    Nearest Tube/Underground: Mile End (5 minutes walk) served by Hammersmith and City, District  and Central lines.

    DLR Bow Road (10 minutes walk).

    Train (few stops by underground or bus) Stratford International, Kings Cross St. Pancras, Euston, Paddington, Victoria.

    By Bus
    25, 205, 277, 323, 339, 425, D6, D7

    Free parking in surrounding streets on weekends.

    By Air
    London City, Luton, Stanstead, Gatwick, Heathrow.

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    What’s Included
    2 full days experiential face-to-face training.

    Engaging articles and video links and practical materials to enrich your learning and confident practice.

    Group exercises, time to ask questions, live demonstrations.

    Fully comprehensive workbook.

    Light Refreshments available throughout the day (lunch not included).

    Certificate in Advanced Therapeutic Work with Gender and Sexual Diversities.

    Counts as 14 hours of Accredited training with a UKCP Accredited Organisation; BeeLeaf. Minimum of 90% course attendance required.

    Payment Methods
    We accept payment by Paypal, MasterCard, Visa (debit and credit cards) and Paypal.

    All cancellations must be made in writing by sending an email to or by writing to:

    The Administrator
    BeeLeaf Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
    34 Grove Road
    E3 5AX

    If you cancel within 14 days of your booking being confirmed a full refund will be given.  No refund will be given if you cancel more than 14 days after a booking has been confirmed.

    In the unlikely event of BeeLeaf cancelling this training, you will be given a full refund and BeeLeaf and it’s Contractors will not be held responsible for any indirect or consequential loss you may experience. BeeLeaf reserve the right to make changes to this training event and it’s Personnel at any time.

    BeeLeaf reserve the right to remove a delegate from the course at any time if it is evident that the course is unsuitable for that delegate. Under these circumstances a full refund of the course fee will be given.

  • Syllabus

    You will be offered advanced theory, ethical guidance and practice models to support:

    • Compassion and empathy for those affected by their own or another’s gender or sexual identity
    • Preparation to work competently and ethically with the person who experiences conflict with their gender identity or sexual orientation
    • Understanding of the therapeutic alliance with the person who seeks “change” in one or more of these aspects of themselves
    • Self-awareness when your own biases, whether affirmative or conflicting, can compromise the client’s unfolding process
    • Flexibility in engaging with contrasting models and beliefs about fixed and fluid aspects of identity
    • Familiarity and confidence in navigating ethical questions and dilemmas experienced by you and/or your client
    • Freedom from myths and misunderstandings perpetuated by reactive media and politics around gender and sexuality identities and options
    • Skills development in formulating and offering a therapeutic journey with your client in realising their values and well-being
    • Possibilities of utilising distinct and integrated models of working with people who experience Intersectional Identity Injunctions

    Teaching & Learning

    • This is a classroom based training set at high challenge level within a friendly, safe and supportive environment.
    • The training involves exercises in pairs & small groups, live practical demonstrations & theoretical input.
    • Information rich colourful training materials published by BeeLeaf and additional digital resources are included in the course fee.
    • Trainers for Part Two: Pamela Gawler-Wright, Igi/Lyndsey Moon.


    No formal assessment. Minimum of 90% course attendance required for Certificate of Attendance of 14 hours of accredited training with a UKCP Accredited Organisation.


  • For Qualified and Experienced Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychologists, Coaches and Mental Health Workers and/or those who have attended Part One of the BeeLeaf Gender and Sexual Diversities Series.

    Requisites for attendance include an open mind and a willingness to explore. A sense of humour is desirable.


Apply for this course

Self-funded £240

Apply (£240.00) The BeeLeaf Gender and Sexual Diversities Series: PART TWO Working Ethically with Conflicts around Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation (Self-funded £240)

Discounted Rate for Part One Participants: £220

Apply (£220.00) The BeeLeaf Gender and Sexual Diversities Series: PART TWO Working Ethically with Conflicts around Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation (Part 1 Participant Fee £220)

BeeLeaf Member Rate £199

Apply (£199.00) The BeeLeaf Gender and Sexual Diversities Series: PART TWO Working Ethically with Conflicts around Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation (BeeLeaf Member Rate £199) 16th & 17th June 2018

Sponsored £299

Apply (£299.00) The BeeLeaf Gender and Sexual Diversities Series: PART TWO Working Ethically with Conflicts around Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation (Sponsored £299) 16th & 17th June 2018

More questions?

Call 020 8983 9699 or email