Saturday 7th September 2019 10:00 – 16:00
Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED
Workshop cost: £125 + booking fee / 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ LIMITED early-bird discount of 15% available until available until 7th June 2019 or until sold out.
This interactive and experiential workshop with popular self-help author and sex/gender expert Meg-John Barker prepares you to work with clients across the range of gender, sexual and relationship diversity. The workshop takes you through their BACP resource on Gender, Sexual & Relationship Diversity (GSRD) (Barker, 2017), drawing also on their book: Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals (Richards & Barker, 2013). Through the day you will be encouraged to reflect upon your own ideas and assumptions about GSRD, and those implicit in your therapeutic approaches. We will also consider various ways of understanding GSRD, and their implications for therapy across client groups. Specifically we will focus on the issues which can be faced by those who fit into normative genders, sexualities and relationship structures, as well as for those who are positioned outside the norm. We will address the main client groups of which professionals should have a working knowledge - which may be less familiar at present - covering key language and practices (all questions will be welcome!) You will have the opportunity to explore your own experiences of working with clients across GSRD and to discuss case material through the day.
Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic History (with Julia Scheele), How To Understand Your Gender (with Alex Iantaffi), Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To) (with Justin Hancock), Rewriting the Rules, The Psychology of Sex, and The Secrets of Enduring Love (with Jacqui Gabb).
They have also written numerous books, articles, chapters, and reports for scholars and counsellors, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice. In particular they have focused their academic-activist work on the topics of bisexuality, open non-monogamy, sadomasochism, non-binary gender, and Buddhist mindfulness.
Barker is currently a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University. They co-founded the journal Psychology & Sexuality and the activist-research organisation BiUK, through which they published The Bisexuality Report. They have advised many organisations, therapeutic bodies, and governmental departments on matters relating to gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD). They are also involved in facilitating many public events on sexuality and relationships, including Sense about Sex and Critical Sexology. They blog and podcast about all these topics on rewriting-the-rules.com and megjohnandjustin.com.