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 3 Oct 6th 2018 – Respecting Diversity in Relationship Frameworks
The most accepted model of relationship in our culture is monogamous marriage or partnership; until recently this model was exclusively heterosexual. The notion that non-monogamy could be equally ethical still eludes many of the population – having multiple partners being associated with promiscuity and infidelity. Additionally our frame-work for relationship has focused on sexual practices, thus explicitly and implicitly excluding those who are intimate in other ways.
Whether we are working with people as individuals or specifically with relationships it is helpful to be able to meet people in diverse relationship configurations with equanimity. In order to do this we need to understand that no ethical framework for relationship is superior to another, and that most human relationships offer both the capacity to enrich lives or abuse them, regardless of configuration.
This workshop will –
discuss the diversities of human love in order to enable greater understanding of human relationship
expand vocabulary and understandings of different relationship configurations
bring into awareness the potential prejudices that could block unconditional positive regard and empathic attunement to our clients
work with vignettes on some of the personal and social issues that diverse relationship configurations raise 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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