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Working with LGBTQ+ community and intersectionality in a CBT framework

Presented by Professor Allán Laville, Eleanor Vialls, and Natalie Meek

About the event

This online, participative event will be held on Zoom, and has been organised by the LGBTQ+ Specialist Interest Group (SIG). For more details on the LGBTQ+ SIG please see here.

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 3 x hours CPD. The event will not be recorded.

Registration closes - Midday Friday 24 November. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment!


This event offers an introduction to working with the LGBTQ+ community within a CBT framework. The event is aimed at clinicians with prior experience of using CBT for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders (in adults).

The event contains three 50-minute segments with two 10-minute breaks to allow for greater participation and intersectionality of attendees.

Section 1: Considering LGBTQ+ in the 21st century and principles for inclusive practice
The session will cover historical, cultural and societal factors that have resulted in a higher prevalence of mental health difficulties in the LGBTQ+ community compared to heterosexual and cisgender individuals. The session includes contemporary discussions including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the LGBTQ+ community (Laville, 2022; CBT Today featured article - February 2022 (babcp.com). We will also focus on principles of LGBTQ+ inclusive practice from Cocks, Jonas, and Laville (2019).

Section 2: Working with sexual diversity at Low Intensity
It has been found that people who identify as holding a sexual minority report elevated risks for mental health difficulties (Ploderl & Tremblay, 2015), with discrimination, minority stress and stigma as risk factors for this (Ducasse et al., 2022). The Equality Act (2010) protects people from being discriminated against based on their sexual orientation, with guidance created by the British Psychological Society (BPS, 2019) to ensure this is upheld in psychological practice. This section aims to give an introduction to working with sexuality in clinical practice. It will explore a case study, considering the client’s intersecting characteristics related to parenting and sexuality. Top tips will be considered to best support sexual orientation within psychological practice.

Section 3: Working with gender identity at High Intensity
People who are gender non-conforming experience health disparities which originate due to systemic bias and discrimination (de Vries, et al., 2020), and experience higher levels of mental health diagnoses (Snow, et al., 2019). Major barriers to mental health care have been identified for gender non-conforming individuals which include fear of being pathologized, and that practitioners are unknowledgeable, un-nuanced and unsupportive (Snow, et al., 2019). This talk aims to give an introduction to gender identities and sex. A case study of working with a trans individual will be explored, as well as top tips for working with this client group.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the key difficulties facing the LGBTQ+ community in the 21st century
2. Developed understanding of key terminology including sexual orientation, sex, gender, and gender identity.
3. Understand the key considerations for LGBTQ+ individuals accessing mental health support
4. Consider how to overcome barriers for LGBTQ+ individuals in accessing mental health support and within treatment
5. Develop understanding of formulations that include mental health difficulties and minority identity
6. Consider how to advance clinical work with the LGBTQ+ community

About the presenter(s)

Professor Allán Laville is Professor of Equity in Psychology and Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Reading. His primary clinical and research interests are LGBTQ+ considerations within psychotherapeutic care. He has authored numerous scholarly and research publications on LGBTQ+, both within clinical settings and within Higher Education. Al received the prestigious National Teaching Fellowship in 2023 due to his outstanding contribution to embedding diversity and inclusion within teaching.

Eleanor Vialls
is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Reading, delivering training on the PWP (Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners) and MSci Applied Psychology courses. Eleanor is a qualified PWP, having completed her training in 2016 and then qualifying as a supervisor in 2018. Eleanor specialised within this role, becoming a perinatal champion, working within universities with the student population and working with people with a Learning Disability. As a lecturer, she is a module convenor of the evidence-based treatment for common mental health disorders module. She is currently working on embedding diversity and inclusion across the PWP training year and presented a poster at the BABCP 2023 conference, titled: Beyond Module 3: Decolonisation and Diversification of the PWP course; a springboard to constructive alignment.

Natalie Meek
(she/they) is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Reading in the Charlie Waller Institute (CWI) and has a private practice working as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with a special interest in supporting clients living with long-term physical health conditions. Natalie is programme director and module convenor within the CWI, and recently has become co-Disability Representative for the CWI. Natalie has been working in the field of mental health since 2011. Natalie trained as a PWP and as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at the University of Reading in 2013 and 2016 respectively. Natalie is bi-sexual and disabled and is passionate about ensuring training and therapy are accessible to all.


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29 Nov 2023
40.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
55.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member
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