Training Counselling Students To Work With GSRD/LGBT+ Client Groups – Dominic Davies

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Davies D & Wilson J (2019). Training Counselling Students To Work With GSRD/LGBT+ Client Groups. [ONLINE] Available at: [Last Accessed 30/09/2019].

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All the major Counselling & Psychotherapy Professional Associations have signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK which states that "those with a responsibility for training will work to ensure that training prepares therapists to have sufficient levels of cultural competence such that they can work effectively with gender and sexually diverse clients."

In this discussion, Dominic talked to us about the implications for counselling training organisations and how they can integrate this training into their curriculum.

This event was free to access and was particularly focussed on supporting the work of counselling educators.

Dominic also talked about the new GSRD-Aware Trainer Award which has been developed by Pink Therapy.


We've developed this two-day CPD program as part of our commitment to clinical excellence in the provision of training, supervision, and consultation for therapists who work with, or want to work with LGBTIQ and gender and sexual diversity clients.

The training is also a response to the needs of many Counsellor Trainers on generic courses who want to be able to fulfil the obligations inherent in their professional bodies who have signed the 'Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy v2'.

So we're sharing best practice and supporting you to train GSRD-aware Therapists through our tried and tested 4 stage, 5 star model so that you can structure your content in line with the highest professional standards and deliver training on this specialist area of therapy with confidence.

We hope you'll join us in making sure that the Counsellors and Therapists you train can make therapy a safe place for Gender, Sexuality, and Relationship Diversity clients to develop their own understanding as well as feel understood and accepted.


You can read more about the course on the link below.

About Dominic Davies


I am Founder and CEO of Pink Therapy. I have worked as a psychotherapist, clinical sexologist, and practice consultant for over 35 years.

Over the years, I have received a number of honours and awards for my pioneering work in the field of gender and sexuality. In 2015, I received the Practitioner award from the Sexualities Section of the British Psychological Society. I am the only non-psychologist to ever receive this award.

In 2016, I was made a Fellow of the National Counselling Society and last year, in 2018, I received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sexual Freedom.

I have also been made a Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists. Fellowship is the highest level of membership for these professional bodies.

I (with Charles Neal) co-edited three of the first British textbooks on working with LGBT clients published in 1996 and 2000, and contributed numerous other papers and chapters to the literature of this emerging field and presented at many national and international conferences.

I have pioneered the development of Gender, Sexuality, and Relationship Diversity Therapy in the UK and Europe.

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