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Cultural Competency in Counselling People with Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversities - Day 2 Sept 15th – Widening Understanding of Sexual Orientation

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September 15, 2018 - September 15, 2018 at 10.30 am - 17.00 hrs. Coffee served from 10 am. Two course lunch included in the price!!

At In Millennium Hotel George Square, Glasgow , G2 1DS

Cost: Members £65 Non members £75 | Organised by PCT Scotland | Contact: annette | Not for profit | There is wheelchair access.

Introduction

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.

Structure

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 2 Sept 15th – Widening Understanding of Sexual Orientation

Our traditional culture is heterocentric – founded on the belief that heterosexual activities and institutions are better than those with homosexual or diverse orientation. This arises partly from the logic that, as a sexually reproductive species, heterosexual sex is productive for society, and therefore anything else is not. Society consequently surmised that, because heterosexual sex is part of our biological order, sexual orientation outside that model may be considered disordered and unnatural. This dualism has propagated sectarian attitudes, out-grouped diversity, and caused much hurt.

Parallel to this, recent research in Mental Health makes it clear that, as we are social animals, loneliness has profound effect on our well-being; loneliness being the subjective experience of isolation, not simply being alone. It’s been recognised “People who are chronically lonely can get stuck in a loop of negative behaviour, and might push others away or seek transient contact ... which can make them even more isolated.” (Griffin, 2010) When Society structures itself so that whole groups are dimished and devalued it exerts control through alienation.

Across recent years it has become progressively evident that people who experience same sex attraction are of no less value to society than their heterosexual counterparts; moreover that human sexual orientation is much wider than the simplistic binary of Straight or Gay. However cultural constructs are hard to shift and those who have been out-grouped still experience social stigma and oppression.

To be true to the core principles of autonomy, beneficence and justice it is important that we are able to hold hierarchies in awareness, and avoid being drawn into them. Whether we experience personal orientation as heterosexual, gay, lesbian bisexual, pansexual, or asexual we should be able to meet people from the other groups with respect. In order to do this authentically we need to be open to the experience of their different frames of reference.

This workshop will -

explore the 21st century’s expanding vocabulary and understandings of human sexual orientation

look at how cultural authorities have controlled perceptions of sexual orientation in the past, so that we may bring into awareness the potential prejudices, and micro-aggressions, that could block unconditional positive regard.

discuss the developmental and social differences arising from being outside majority orientation

work with vignettes on some of the personal and social issues sexual orientation raises in counselling.

Facilitator

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

 To book please email Annette and let her know when you have made the  payment to pct scotland. See details below.

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PCT Scotland
Co-operative Bank, Skelmersdale Branch
Sort Code: 08-92-99, Account Number: 65375796

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PCT Scotland, c/o 3, Lanfine Road, Paisley, PA1 3NJ