Relationship Institute Australasia

Counselling and
Professional Training

GSD Workshop

Introduction - We live in a society where the heterosexual dyadic model of relationship is dominant. Working with individuals in the context of self defined models of same/similar sex relationships presents the therapist with unique challenges, which often defy socialized hetero-normative values.

GSD people, in various ways, whether past or present, have experienced oppression, discrimination, invisibility, and shame and have had to deal with the legacy of their embodied sexual and/or gender experience. They have mostly experienced a developmental trajectory, which has felt like ‘other’ with recognition of their relationships as legitimate only recently.  While GSD communities are varied and there are important differences across the various sub-groups there are also commonality. It is this common ground that will form the basis of the training. Despite these differences, whatever the context, humans are relationship and attachment seeking and while GSD relationships sometimes don’t follow the ‘norms’ they often do.

In this one day workshop we will:

  1. Understand the current terminology associated with GSD couples
  2. Appreciate the demographic picture of same sex couples in Australia
  3. Understand different models and conceptualisations of relationship and issues such as fidelity
  4. Explore personal values and beliefs about GSD clients
  5. Gain insights into factors affecting non-heterosexual relationships
  6. Understand the similarities and differences between heteronormative and GSD couples
  7. Appreciate key factors in a therapeutic approach to working with GSD couples utilizing ICT (an integration of Gottman Marital Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples)

Presenters: Trish Purnell-Webb (Clinical Psychologist MPsych(Clin), Certified Gottman Marital Therapist, Master Trainer and Consultant)

John Flanagan (Mental Health accredited Social Worker, Masters Gestalt Therapy, Certified Gottman Marital Therapist)

Brad McLean - Brad McLean is a graduate of theAustralian Centre for Integrative studies which teaches an integrative psychotherapy curriculum within a transactional analysis framework and he has also undertaken psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and Interpersonal psychotherapy training.  Brad is currently in private practice in Sydney where he works with individuals and with couples using Gottman Marital Therapy. He specialises in working with Gender and Sexually Diverse (GSD) relationships. A former clinical nurse specialist, award-winning journalist, editor and communications professional he also runs a Sydney-based health communications consultancy, BM Communications.

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