Certificate in Working with Gender Diversity – 18 hours (online)

This is an opportunity to learn more about the increasing number of people identifying as gender diverse. This includes people identifying as  transgender, non-binary and gender fluid  whose experience of gender doesn’t meet the expectations of our society.   Participants will learn about the unique challenges faced by clients seeking to achieve mind-body congruence as they explore their gender identity and the treatment available to them.

Participants will gain a better understanding of gender variance and gender dysphoria including the social and medical process people may go through.

This is an emerging client group and practitioners may feel curious, interested, anxious or that the presenting issues are beyond their experience to work with.  We will explore our own thoughts and feelings about gender identity.

The course will be a mixture of didactic teaching, experiential learning, reflective discussion and small group work. It is suitable for those who have qualified and those who are still in training.

A Link Centre Certificate in Working with Gender Diversity will be presented at the end of the course.

The course is held online over 6 half days, 10-1pm on Friday mornings in February and March. Feb: 5th,12th, 19th, 26th and March 5th and 12th.

Workshop aims and learning objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of different ideas about gender
  • Distinguish between sexuality and gender
  • Introduce an understanding of what it is to identify as gender diverse
  • Enhance awareness of the issues faced by people identifying as gender variant
  • Develop an understanding of terminology
  • Consider the effect of gender dysphoria on the clients experience and co-morbidity
  • Develop an understanding of the process a client undertakes if transitioning from one binary gender to another or seeks treatment to achieve gender comfort
  • Develop an understanding of what it is to identify as non-binary or gender fluid in a binary society
  • Consider the impact on relationships including partners, families and friends
  • Invite an exploration of our thoughts and feelings about working with gender diverse people


Liza Heatley is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist with an MSc in Psychotherapy, and a Provisional Teaching and Supervising Transactional Analyst (PTSTA, P). She works as a Psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer for the West of England Specialist Gender Identity Clinic and in private practice. She is a Core Tutor at the Link Centre.

Cancellation Policy: 50% refund will be given on cancellations with more than 7 days’ notice


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Booking and Dates

5th February - 12th March 2021


Upcoming Dates:

6 x 3 hour sessions (Fridays 10am – 1pm): Feb: 5th,12th, 19th, 26th and March 5th and 12th.


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