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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
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
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
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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