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Working with Gender Diversity:

Trans, cis, non-binary and beyond


Led by Dr Meg-John Barker


Saturday 19 January 2019 - London



We're in the midst of a massive moral panic about gender. We know that gender is highly related to mental health struggles such as high rates of suicide, addiction, and violence among men, and high rates of depression, anxiety, body image, and self-esteem issues among women. But attempts to question rigid binary notions of gender, or to see gender as something that can be more flexible and fluid are often regarded as highly threatening.

Trans people suffer the highest rates of mental health struggles of all under the LGBT banner, due to the cultural stigma attached to being trans. However, government attempts to make life easier for trans people have been met with a massive backlash across mainstream and social media.

This day will endeavour to clarify what gender is, how it works, and how it relates to the mental health of our clients, drawing on the most recent scientific, historical/sociological, and therapeutic thinking in this area. It will provide a safe-enough space to ask all your questions about this complex, confusing, and fast-changing area. It will consider what gender-affirmative therapy might look like for all clients - cisgender or trans; male, female or non-binary.


Speakers

Dr Meg-John Barker
Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic History (with Julia Scheele), How To Understand Your Gender (with Alex Iantaffi), Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To) (with Justin Hancock), Rewriting the Rules, The Psychology of Sex, and The Secrets of Enduring Love (with Jacqui Gabb). They have also written numerous books, articles, chapters, and reports for scholars and counsellors, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice. In particular they have focused their academic-activist work on the topics of bisexuality, open non-monogamy, sadomasochism, non-binary gender, and Buddhist mindfulness. Barker is currently a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University. They co-founded the journal Psychology & Sexuality and the activist-research organisation BiUK, through which they published The Bisexuality Report. They have advised many organisations, therapeutic bodies, and governmental departments on matters relating to gender, sexual, and relationship diversity (GSRD). They are also involved in facilitating many public events on sexuality and relationships, including Sense about Sex and Critical Sexology. They blog and podcast about all these topics on www.rewriting-the-rules.com and www.megjohnandjustin.com. Twitter: @megjohnbarker.


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Fees

Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200
Under 25's: £70

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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event
Venue

NCVO
8 All Saints Street
London
N1 9RL
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Schedule

Saturday
09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:30 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:15 Tea
17:00 End
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