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Iron Mill College Conference - Exeter

Sexual Orientation & Gender: 
Let's Talk About It

Including Special Guest Keynote Speakers / Presenters: 

Jonny Benjamin MBE, Mental Health Campaigner

Pamela Gawler-Wright, Psychotherapist & Clinical Trainer

Liza Heatley, Specialist Psychotherapist

Tina Hill-Art, Counsellor & Southwest LGBT+ Charity Advocate

  • A timely and beneficial 1 day conference at Iron Mill College in Exeter, examining the complexities surrounding sexual orientation and gender, and covering key topical issues of interest and debate within this important and growing field.
  • The conference includes an insightful and personal presentation from award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger Jonny Benjamin MBE. Jonny will speak publicly about his own experience of living with a schizoaffective disorder diagnosis and about his early struggles with his sexuality.
  • Specialist contributions also come from Pamela Gawler-Wright, experienced Psychotherapist, Director of Training BeeLeaf, UKCP Diversities & Social Responsibility Committee Member and Clinical Associate at Pink Therapy
  • Iron Mill College tutor and experienced therapist, Liza Heatley, will also give an explorative and thoughtful presentation and workshop.
  • Tina Hill-Art, representative from local LGBTQ+ charity Intercom Trust and director of Its All About You Wellbeing will offer a specific look at the support built for vulnerable groups in our community, through a keynote speech and workshop. 
  • The conference will include opportunities for networking and discussion with other professionals with an interest in this field. The day will be of particular use to counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling or clinical psychologists, mental health or wellbeing professionals, nurses, doctors and other health professionals, teachers and others working in education, along with anyone else who would benefit personally and professionally from improving their understanding of gender and sexuality based mental health challenges.
  • The day will include lunch and refreshments will be provided, as well as a certificate for 8 hours of CPD for attendees. 

Course Details

Sexual Orientation and gender: let’s talk about it.
The understanding of sexual orientation, gender and identity has entered an age of social and political change and challenge, leading to an energetic upsurge in research, debate, awareness and action.

In the helping professions specifically, the constant development and testing of our emerging understanding within a rapidly developing environment, and exploration of unconscious bias, is central to safe, respectful and effective relational practice; this of course includes an understanding of ourselves in relation to others.

This challenging and inspiring conference brings together leading researchers, guest speakers and workshop facilitators who are knowledgeable and passionate about expanding vision and deepening understanding relating to gender and sexuality. They will share perspective and insights about what we as individual helping professionals, and the professions in general, need to identify and understand in order to practice well with clients.

There will be opportunity to listen and participate, share and question, to reflect upon personal identity and experience, social and political issues, and how this all impacts upon professional practice for us personally and the helping professions as a whole.

This conference has been primarily developed for those working or training within the helping professions: counsellors, psychotherapists, healthcare professionals, teachers, social workers, youth workers and more.
The day will be full of rich and varied opportunities to become more informed, confident and comfortable in exploring and talking about gender and sexuality issues with ourselves, each other and with our clients.
The conference will address political and social issues and research perspectives, as well as offering space to expand and deepen understanding through the sharing of personal and professional experiences.

Our conference is open to anyone who is interested in the subject matter. It will be of particular relevance to practitioners and students in the fields of counselling, psychotherapy, counselling or clinical psychology, mental health or wellbeing, health, education and other related professions.

How to apply:

Simply sign up using the booking form on this web page - supplying the requested details and paying the applicable fee (please see the 'Fees' tab for further information and details of other ways to pay)You will need to pay the full relevant conference fee in order to reserve a place at the conference. There are limited places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prior to the conference, attendees will be invited to book onto any optional seminars / workshops with places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, as some workshops / seminars may have limited spaces available. Attendees who have not booked onto any optional seminars / workshops in advance of the conference will be invited to do so at registration on the morning of the conference (subject to remaining availability of places).


What our Students Say

“A terrific learning experience and very enjoyable. You don't need to be an academic, plenty of hands-on practice.”
Ruth Cutts - Certificate & Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Graduate

What our Students Say

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