End to conversion therapy supported by leading psychological, psychotherapeutic and counselling organisations

The announcement this week of a Government pledge to consider options to end the practice of conversion therapy is a positive development says the Coalition against Conversion Therapy. Dr Igi/Lyndsey Moon, who is chair of the Coalition and British Psychological Society lead said: “This is a clear sign that the Government has at long last listened to LGBT individuals and national organisations who have tirelessly campaigned for change. We, along with our Coalition partners, have repeatedly … [Read more...]

Trans News :Jo Coker and Kirstie McEwan at the Speakers House, Houses of Parliament

Together with my COSRT colleague, Jo Coker, I was pleased to have been invited to attend a panel event on trans equality, held at the Speaker’s House in the Houses of Parliament on 15th May 2018. The event was jointly organised by Stonewall and Pink News and chaired by the Rt Hon Maria Miller MP. The event came about, partially at least, in response to the significant anti-trans press and discrimination experienced by trans and non-binary people in the UK today. The delays in changes to … [Read more...]

Is therapy unsafe?

We were concerned to read the following piece on the BBC News website on 02 November 2017, which gave examples of two clients having experienced abuse at the hand of their therapists. Also concerning was the suggestion that as an unregulated profession, counselling is inherently unsafe. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41831284 We have sent our reply directly to the BBC as outlined below, and will post further news as we receive it. However please feel free to comment below with your … [Read more...]

Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK – version 2 (MoU)

Today sees the publication of the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK - version 2 (MoU) which I attach MoU2_FINAL. The updated MoU now includes protections for gender as well as sexual diversity. The primary purpose of this MoU is the protection of the public through a commitment to ending the practice of ‘conversion therapy’ in the UK Signatory organisations agree that the practice of conversion therapy, whether in relation to sexual orientation or gender identity, … [Read more...]

Sexual and Relationship Therapy seeks new Editor-in-Chief

Sexual and Relationship Therapy is among the premier journals within its field.  Launched in 1974 under the title Sexual and Marital Therapy, the Journal has developed and is now published four times a year in simultaneous print and online editions, and holds international recognition. The Journal is the Official Journal of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists and is published by Routledge, Taylor and Francis. Sexual and Relationship Therapy offers an active, multidisciplinary … [Read more...]

Evaluation Survey

DEAR MEMBERS Please could you take a few minutes to complete this survey regarding your use of evaluation tools. As you may be aware, COSRT has as one of its strategic plans the development of such a tool specific to psychosexual practice. Your responses would be very much appreciated and will be confidential. Any queries please do contact Jo Coker psm@cosrt.org.uk   … [Read more...]

UK organisations unite against Conversion Therapy

Memorandum of Understanding Statement is published today Major UK organisations have been working against Conversion Therapy for a number of years, publishing a Memorandum of Understanding against the practice (2015) and updating the document to warn against conversion therapy in relation to gender identity and sexual orientation (including asexuality). Aware of concerns regarding the future of Conversion Therapy in the USA, and pleased that Malta has banned the practice and that Taiwan has … [Read more...]

Professor Dick Swaab MD PhD

We are very pleased to announce that Professor Dick Swaab has agreed to become a patron of COSRT.  We look forward to working with him. Professor Swaab was Director of the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research from 1978 to 2005.  Since 1979 he is Professor of Neurobiology at the Medical Faculty, University of Amsterdam.  In 1985 he founded the Netherlands Brain Bank and was Director until 2005.  He is Leader Research team Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Neth. Inst for Neuroscience, an … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Muriel O’Driscoll on her British Empire Medal

We would like to congratulate Muriel O’Driscoll, one of our Members, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to Brook Clinics and adolescent psychosexual services. A wonderful achievement in our field. … [Read more...]

Ruth Hallam Jones is awarded Fellowship of COSRT at the Summer conference

Ruth is seen here accepting her award from Trudy Hannington the outgoing Chair of COSRT and Peter Saddington the new Chair. Ruth's acceptance speech is printed below. Dear Colleagues, I wonder whether I could ask you firstly to stand if you are 40 years of age or more……...now if you are under 40. Now could you take two minutes of your time talking to one of your colleagues sitting next, choose the one who you know the least well. Could you discuss "What you think trainee sex … [Read more...]