Trans and Non-binary Training Day

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Date(s) - 17/03/2017
9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Scope, London


CPD Hours six


The day aims to equip delegates with the knowledge and skills to see trans and non-binary clients without having difficulty with the main stumbling blocks which are commonly encountered. These most often include such difficulties as terminology, law and understandings which may be derived from the popular media.

Most issues trans and non-binary people bring to counselling or therapy will be identical to those of non-trans (cisgender) people. Consequently this day will focus on gaining knowledge of the specific issues trans and non-binary people may bring to psychotherapy, and the specific issues trans and non-binary people may have in their relationships, which would not be covered in more general psychotherapeutic training.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the workshop delegates should:

  • Be aware of the major themes encountered when working with trans and non-binary clients.
  • Have a good grasp of appropriate terminology, as well as that used in much of the literature.
  • Have knowledge of the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the Gender Recognition (Disclosure of Information) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Order 2005 and their implications for working with trans and non-binary clients.
  • Have a basic knowledge of the main surgical procedures and hormonal interventions some trans and non-binary clients request.
  • Be aware of the critiques of the main diagnoses which pertain to trans and non-binary people.
  • Be aware of the diversity of sexuality, gender, and relationship styles of trans and non-binary people.

Be aware of the difficulty of differentiating non-trans (cisgender) and trans and non-binary experience.



09:30 – Registration

10:00 – Consideration of societal messages about gender

11:15 – Coffee

11.30 – Surgery and Hormones

12:45 – Lunch

13:30 – Sex and relationships

14:30 – Legal considerations

15:00 – Discussion of case studies and practice

16:30 – Close


Facilitated by Christina Richards, an accredited psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and 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.

She is the Editor of the journal of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling Psychology: Counselling Psychology Review. Her own publications consist of various papers, reports, and book chapters and she is the co-author of the BPS Guidelines and Literature Review for Counselling Sexual and Gender Minority Clients; First author of 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; First editor of the Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender; And is the first editor of a forthcoming multidisciplinary book about people who identify outside of the gender binary of male or female – Richards, C., Bouman, W. P., & Barker, M. J. (forthcoming 2016). Genderqueer and non-binary genders. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.



Twitter:           @CRichardsPsych


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.

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