College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
Welcome to the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT), the UK’s leading organisation for therapists specialising in sexual and relationship issues. COSRT exists to support healthy, satisfying and rewarding personal relationships. We understand that any partnership can run into difficulties occasionally, and that sometimes a bit of outside help can make all the difference. On these pages you will find practical suggestions and advice for people who feel their personal … See COSRT introductory Video
September 30, 2014
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COSRT organises two Conferences and a number of CPD Workshops each year which are open to members and non-members.
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A workshop for therapists and students from a variety of modalities who see couples and individuals with sexual difficulties.
17 Apr 15 - BDSM and Further Sexualities Workshop
The day aims to equip delegates with the knowledge and skills to see clients whose practice or identity encompasses BDSM (Bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism) and/or further sexualities (sometimes referred to as kink) without having difficulty with the main stumbling blocks which are commonly encountered. These identities and practices might include such things as consensual exchange of power or sensations (i.e. spanking or being tied up) and/or such sexualities as Adult Baby/Infantilism, or having a fetish for rubber, leather or other materials. Such stumbling blocks most often include such difficulties as terminology, law and understandings which are often derived from the popular media.
Most issues people who engage with BDSM and/or further sexualities bring to psychotherapy will be identical to those of people who do not engage with such practices. Consequently this day will focus on gaining knowledge of the specific issues relating to these practices people may bring to psychotherapy; and the specific issues people may have in their relationships which would not be covered in more general psychotherapeutic training.
By the end of the workshop delegates should:
09:30 – Registration and Welcome
10:00 – What is BDSM and what are further sexualities?
10:45 – Consent consent consent!
11:15 – Coffee
11:30 – Frameworks for understanding, including a critical look at diagnosis
12:45 – Lunch
13:30 – Questions arising from the morning
14:00 – Common issues arising when working with these practices and identities
15:00 – Tea
15:15 – Discussion of case studies and practice
16:30 – End
Facilitated by Christina Richards
Christina is an accredited psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), whom she represents to NHS England’s Clinical Reference Group (CRG) on Gender Identity Services. She is Senior Specialist Psychology Associate at the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Gender Clinic and Clinical Research Fellow at West London Mental Health NHS Trust (Charing Cross) Gender Clinic. She works in this capacity as an individual and group psychotherapist and psychologist conducting psychotherapy, assessment and follow-up clinics as part of a multidisciplinary team; as well as conducting research, supervision and service improvement plans. She lectures and publishes on trans, sexualities and critical mental health, both within academia and to third sector and statutory bodies, and is a co-founder of BiUK and co-author of the Bisexuality Report.
As well as other papers reports and book chapters she is the co-author of the BPS Guidelines and Literature Review for Counselling Sexual and Gender Minority Clients; A clinical guidebook on sexuality and gender published by Sage: Richards, C., & Barker. M. (2013). Sexuality and gender for mental health professionals: A practical guide. London: Sage; and is the co-editor of the Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender, which is due to be published in 2015.
Terms and Conditions
The full fee for each training day is £115 for COSRT members and £125 for non-members. Cheques should be made payable to COSRT in GB pounds sterling. Payment must be received by COSRT before the training day. Confirmation and details of your booking will be emailed to you.
Cancellations must be made in writing. There is an administrative charge of £20 per person for cancellations received up to six weeks prior to the training day. Thereafter no refund is possible. To substitute a delegate please call the COSRT office (020 8543 2707) at least seven days prior to the event.
COSRT reserves the right to change the venue or speakers due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event of a training day being cancelled, a full refund will be made, but COSRT disclaims any further liability.
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