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Working with Sexual Diversity

Presented by Dr Allán Laville

About the event

This Masterclass webinar will be hosted on Zoom. The webinar will be recorded and will be made available for 30 days after the event to delegates who have registered. You can choose to attend on the day, watch later on or both. 

A certificate of attendance will be issued for 1.5 hours CPD (live attendance only). 

Registration closes - Midday Monday 10 October. Places are limited though so book early to avoid disappointment.

The pandemic has impacted the LGBT+ community and from recent Stonewall reports, we are aware that LGBT+ people, particularly older LGBT+ people, are more likely to be socially isolated. Furthermore, LGBT+ communities already experience high rates of domestic abuse from partners and family members, which is likely to have been exacerbated by the lockdown measures. Many individuals also reported having to hide their own identity from family members and not having anyone to talk to. Moreover, the pandemic had an impact on LGBT+ specialist support services, which have only been operating remotely or not at all and this will have had a significant impact on the quality of support provided to LGBT+ people and will have further compounded feelings of loneliness.

It has also been reported that at the beginning of the pandemic, the LGBT Foundation helpline saw a 50% increase in calls about mental health. To further add to the complexity of considerations here, we are also aware that some LGBT+ individuals are sceptical of mental health services and are concerned about whether practitioners working within these services are aware and understanding of LGBT+ considerations. Therefore, as practitioners, we need to be well equipped to working with the LGBT+ community by developing knowledge, awareness and understanding.

This webinar offers an introduction to working with the LGBT+ community within a CBT framework. The webinar will cover historical, cultural and societal factors that have resulted in a higher prevalence of mental health difficulties in the LGBT+ community compared to heterosexual and cisgender individuals. The webinar includes contemporary discussions including the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the LGBT+ community (Laville, 2022; CBTToday featured article - February 2022 (babcp.com). The webinar is aimed at clinicians with prior experience of using CBT for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders (in adults).

Key learning objectives
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the key difficulties facing the LGBT+ community in the 21st century
  • Understand the key considerations for LGBT+ individuals accessing mental health support
  • Consider how to overcome barriers for LGBT+ individuals in accessing mental health support
  • Understand, and practice, the ‘appropriate’ awareness framework (Laville, 2017)
  • Develop understanding of formulations that include mental health difficulties and minority identity 
  • Consider how to advance clinical work with the LGBT+ community

Laville, A. (2017). The importance of data collection, signposting and ‘appropriate’ awareness in working with sexual orientation. CBT Today, 45 (4), 14-15.

About the presenter(s)

Dr Allán Laville is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Reading. His primary clinical and research interests are sexual diversity considerations within psychotherapeutic care. He has authored numerous scholarly and research publications on sexual diversity, both within clinical settings and within Higher Education.


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13 Oct 2022
20.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
30.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member
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