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‘Who do we think we are? Lessons from re-emergent gender and sexual identities’

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Gender and sexual identity are lenses through which all of us are constantly negotiating our place and meaning in the world, against a background of powerful binaries and stereotypes, most notably male/female and gay/straight. Yet, in recent years we have been seeing a sea change amongst teenagers and young adults, who are increasingly resisting traditional, binary gender identities and not defining themselves as heterosexual.

In this full day workshop – and with the support of the creative arts – we will examine the impact of this generational shift for us as therapists and the clients we work with of all ages. How have our own experiences of gender and sexual identity – good, bad and indifferent – shaped who we are and how we react in our professional lives? How might our experience of and being witness to institutional and individual sexism, misogyny, anti-LGBT prejudice and/or rigid gender roles play out in our lives and in the therapy room?

This training will create a safe space to explore our beliefs and experiences through structured exercises, case studies and exploration of contemporary culture and research about lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (LGBT) children and young people. The day will involve a mix of individual, pair working, small and large group discussions, films clips and triad work with plenty of time and space to digest and reflect along the way.

Watch a discussion between Pretish Raja-Helm (Co-founder, Aashna) and Neil Young about the workshop here:

Book here: Cost: £55 and £50 for Aashna residents and students.

Neil Young is an integrative psychotherapist with a private practice in central London (see https://citytherapyrooms.co.uk/therapists-city-of-london/neil-young-psychotherapist-central-london) who is also an experienced facilitator running workshops, conferences and events that address issues of power and sexual and gender identities.

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