Gendered Intelligence: Understanding diversity in creative ways

Working Alongside Trans, Gender Diverse and Questioning People

A two-day training course for therapists and counsellors

About the Course

This two-day course has been created in response to demand for more in-depth and specialist learning from therapists and counsellors themselves, and to the need of the wider trans community for a pool of trans-knowledgeable therapists and counsellors to draw on.

The training is a mix of formal presentations, interactive exercises and reflective discussions delivered in a small group learning environment by two professional trainers who combine extensive therapeutic and trans-specific knowledge and practice.

Dates:

London: 13/14 March 2018

Leeds: 16/17 May 2018

Brighton: 30/31 May 2018

Bristol: 12/13 June 2018


We are also exploring the possibility of a session in Oxford in late 2018/ 2019.


Times:

All courses 9:00 arrival for a prompt 9:30 start, close at 4:30


Cost: £355 (incl. Network membership) / £275 (excl. Network membership)

The course fee includes:


We strongly recommend joining the network - it provides access to ongoing learning and support and also enables listing in the Directory which is already bringing new clients to the therapists listed. However, if you would prefer not to join, or to join later, our new fee band of £275 is the fee for the training course alone.

(Bursaries have also been introduced for 2018 - see 'Requesting a Place' below)


For:

This course is for practising psychotherapists, therapists and counsellors, working in the fields of talking therapies (as opposed to physical therapies).

You may already be working alongside people who might be described as gender variant, gender non-conforming or gender dysphoric in clinical settings, but who might describe themselves with a very wide variety of different terms including trans, transgender, a person with a trans history, non-binary, gender questioning, gender expansive, genderqueer, gender fluid or agender, or who otherwise have an experience of gender that doesn’t align with society’s expectations in some way.

The course is also for those interested in beginning work alongside gender diverse people.

We particularly welcome bookings from QTIPOC / trans therapists and counsellors.


Numbers: Maximum of 18 participants to ensure individual learning needs are met


This session is also available as an in-house course. Contact us for details

Course Outline

This two-day course will cover:


The course takes a generic / integrative approach, providing useful tools to take back into your way of working.

Some elements are drawn from Gendered Intelligence's core half-day general course "Introduction to Trans Awareness". If you have previously attended that course, you'll find a few of the exercises on the first day familiar.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, participants will:

Quotes from Previous Participants

Here are some comments from delegates attending the course in 2017:

“I really, really enjoyed this, I am inspired and enthusiastic about continuing with reading, thinking more and being on the Network and Directory. Thank you all so much.” Claire Randolph

“Outstanding - somehow managed to cater to all levels of experience in the room without being too fast/slow/basic/complicated. Fantastic facilitation - very engaged and passion for the subject shone through.”  Ellis Johnson

"Really good link between theory and therapeutic practice. Really appreciated bringing real world into the room," Alex

About Gendered Intelligence…

Gendered Intelligence is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, established in 2008. 

Our vision is of a world where people are no longer constrained by narrow perceptions and expectations of gender, and where diverse gender expressions are visible and valued.

Our mission is to increase understanding of gender diversity and improve quality of life for trans people.

To achieve this, we work with all those who impact on trans lives, and we also work directly with trans people. We particularly specialise in supporting young trans people aged 8-30.

About the Trainers…

Lee Gale joined Gendered Intelligence (GI) in 2013, having worked in support of the trans communities in a range of voluntary roles and organisations since 2000.

He has 7 years’ experience of training and group facilitation, based on various Train the Trainer courses, including Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) and honed through work with trans community voluntary work. He founded a Yorkshire based social/support group for trans masculine people and co-founded TransBareAll, an organisation that works with individuals to explore topics such as body, relationships and confidence, sexual health and intimacy. This grass roots work is his passion and has given him a valued insight into the issues and experiences trans people face.

As an independent consultant, he has also been involved in producing resources such as “Living My Life”, “Top Tips for Working with Trans People” and “Our Bodies, Our Health, a health guide for trans men, trans masculine and non binary people”.

GI is a trans-led organisation and Lee is trans himself – he started transition in 1999 to live a more masculine identity. He views being visible in the work he does for GI as one more way he can help people gain an understanding of trans people.

Amanda Middleton has over 18 years experience providing counselling and psychotherapy to a diverse range of people and groups. Initially she qualified as a Psychologist in Australia, and then as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist in the UK. A UKCP registered Psychotherapist, she works primarily with gender, sex and sexuality specialising within the LGBT communities, and has extensive experience in the NHS, social care and private therapy fields. She has previously worked as a specialist in the areas of sex and sexuality, dual diagnosis, HIV and sexual health, drug and alcohol use and domestic violence.

Currently Amanda works as an Associate Relationship Therapist at The Pink Practice, as a Principle Lecturer in Systemic Practice at The University of Bedfordshire and as a Clinical Associate and Trainer for Pink Therapy.

Requesting a Place

BOOKING IS NOW OPEN FOR THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

London: 13/14 March 2018 (at Deptford Lounge, Giffin Street)

Leeds: 16/17 May 2018 (at Voluntary Action Leeds, Lupton Street)

Brighton: 30/31 May 2018 (at Friends Centre, Brighton Junction, New England Street)

Bristol: 12/13 June 2018 (at The Green House, Hereford Street)


Booking

To request a place on one of these courses, please complete this request form.

Please note: All requests are read and actioned by our staff; places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Unless you have requested a bursary place (if you have, please ensure you download, complete and return the additional Bursary Form, link below), you should typically receive an email within 48 working hours of completing the request form, confirming whether a place is available and has been allocated to you. At busy periods, it may take up to seven days. If you need an urgent confirmation, please email us.


Payment

Once a place has been confirmed, you will be sent an invoice with payment details.

Cancellation Policy

If you are allocated a place, this constitutes a firm booking and you need to tell us if you no longer plan to attend.
Cancellations more than 1 month in advance of the session will be refunded in full;
Cancellations 2 weeks - 1 month in advance of the session will be charged at 50% fee;
Cancellations closer than 2 weeks will be charged at the full fee.
Payment is due no later than 1 month in advance of the session.

Bursaries

We have introduced bursary places for 2018 and we are able to offer bursaries totalling a value of around £530 for each course. (This is equivalent to 1.5 fully funded places, inclusive of first year's network membership). The bursary places are inclusive of the first year's network membership as we consider it an important part of the overall package.

If you are unable to afford the full course fee, we invite you to apply for a reduced fee place using this form

We are offering these places on an honesty basis – we don’t intend to means test those who apply. However, we ask that you apply only for the reduction you need, no more, so that we can share the bursary pot around to best effect.

Anyone eligible for the course (i.e. a practising counsellor / therapist) is welcome to apply, however priority will be given to counsellors and therapists who are themselves trans / gender diverse, particularly QTIPOC people.

Bursary applications will be reviewed and bursaries allocated no later than 6 weeks before each session, however we will acknowledge receipt of your application, typically within 48 hours of receipt. If you haven't heard from us within a week, please check with us to ensure we have received your place request and bursary application form.

NOTE: All bursaries have now been allocated for the London session in March. If you need a bursary, please consider another session if practical, or apply when further London dates are announced.

Questions and Further Information

For questions or further information not covered on the website, please contact Simon:

training@genderedintelligence.co.uk

07950 471414

Gendered Intelligence Network for Therapists and Counsellors

The Gendered Intelligence (GI) Network for Therapists and Counsellors aims to support therapists and counsellors to enable a positive experience in a therapy setting for trans people (and their families).

Therapists and counsellors who complete GI’s two day course “Working Alongside Trans and Gender Variant People” can become members of the GI Therapists and Counsellors Network.

The first year’s membership is included as part of the £355 open training course fee.

Subject to criteria, delegates who complete the course are also eligible for listing in GI's Therapists and Counsellors Directory

To find out more about the Network and Directory, visit the Network and Directory page



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