COSRT response summary Sex and Relationship education

COSRT have recently responded to the government consultation on Sex and Relationship education. Thank you for everyone who helped with this, especially Sarah Calvert (UKCP, COSRT), who collated the response. Overall, COSRT feel the guidance is not adequate to meet the needs of children in this day and age and it does not adequately prepare children for the rapidly changing and diverse world that we live in. Many issues that we believe need to be addressed at primary level such as LGBT, Gender … [Read more...]

The truth about the midlife sex surge, for men and women

Today, our Media Representative, Krystal Woodbridge, is featured in The Times, discussing whether men and women really do experience a decline in sexual desire in midlife. The new BBC Drama Wanderlust, about a long term couple who struggle to feel passion with each other, raises issues that many couples can relate to.   In this interview Krystal discusses this topic from the perspective of a Psychosexual Therapist, having helped hundreds of couples who struggle with issues around … [Read more...]

Parliamentary launch of the Second Memorandum of Understanding Against Conversion Therapy Version 2 – July 4th 2018

On Wednesday the 4th of July Jo Coker, Julie Sale and I attended the parliamentary launch of the Memorandum of Understanding Against Conversion Therapy version 2, referred to as the MoU2, on behalf of COSRT. This event was hosted by Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP and was held in The Strangers’ Dining Room at the House of Commons. What makes this launch such an important step forward for LGBTQ+ rights? The answer is that the MoU2 seeks to expand the remit of the original Memorandum of Understanding … [Read more...]

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...]