This series of workshops looks at three fundamental frameworks of our social system – gender, sex and relationship; each involving power, privilege and personhood within society – and thus endowed with conditions of worth, challenge, and conflict. The over-arching theme is cultural competency in counselling, and the series designed to provide a comprehensive and coherent overview of good practice within our expanding social frameworks for Gender, Sex and Relationship.
Aims and Objectives
The overall aim is to explore and expand our understandings of society’s expanding frameworks for gender, sex and relationship, so that we might meet every client in respectful, ethical, and helpful ways – wherever they identify.
Each day will explore and expand our frames of reference within one of the three strands, looking into some of the key personal and social issues arising both from, and being within, diversities within that strand.
Each day focuses on one area – Gender, Sexual Orientation or Relationship – and is devised as a standalone, whilst relating to common themes running across the series. Workshops will comprise information giving, discussion, individual and group work
Day 1 Aug 25th - Working with Equanimity in Multi-gendered Society
Traditionally, our culture has operated on a binary model of gender – i.e. you are either male or female. Presently society is a moving toward an acceptance of gender that is based on phenomenology (subjective experience) rather than taxonomy (categorisation) and consequently broadening in perspective. As with all cultural transitions, this presents some challenges to both individuals and society.
Our binary division of gender has not been equal, one side being valued more than the other creating categorical conditions of worth. Traditional gender role socialization has then placed diverse pressures on the individual whether they identify male or female. Additionally those experiencing their gender differently to physicality, or beyond the binary, have been out-grouped – creating further layers of social challenge.
The ‘person of tomorrow’ (to use a phrase of Carl Rogers’) may actually be free to choose where they fit regards gender, rather than having this prescribed for them. However as counsellors, it is important we respect the client’s perspective, be it traditional or contemporary, make no assumptions about what gender means to the client, but be open to their personal experience.
This workshop will comprise –
exploring our own frames of reference for gender, so that we may bring into awareness potential bias that could block empathic attunement to the client’s experience
looking at some of the key events and social movements that have influenced attitudes, values and behaviours of and toward both binary genders and beyond
examining societal shifts in perception toward trans and non-binary genders
working with vignettes on some of the personal and social issues gender raises in counselling.
Tina Clark is a Client Centred Counsellor and Sex and Gender Diversities Therapist working in private practice. An experienced counsellor, supervisor, consultant, and trainer she brings twenty years experience of working with gender, sex, and relationship diverse clients and their families to this session. She is a member of BACP, BAPCA, PCT Scotland, Pink Therapy Directory and Rainbow Therapists Scotland.
Tina has delivered presentations at national and international conferences for BAPCA, COSCA, BACP, Pink Therapy and WAPCEPC ;was published in CPJ (2004), Therapy Today (2006), PCEP Journal (2008), and Healthcare Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal (2014 and 2015); and wrote first chapter in Counselling Ideologies (2010, Ashgate).
She gained her Counselling Diplomas in Southampton and her MSc in Counselling at Strathclyde University. Further details of her work can be found at her website: http://www.positivebeams.com
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