Systemic Psychotherapy and Queer Practice – Working Alongside LGBTQ People, Relationships and Families. Otherness & Reflexivity (CPD73i)
Guest Speaker: Amanda Middleton
This half day workshop will help us learn how we might better get alongside LGBT families of choice. We will look at discourses that surround and support the LGBT community and understand how systemic theories can support working with difference and develop our reflexive processes and practice.
To understand the context of work with LGBTQ people, relationships and families and how this context informs therapeutic relating
To be introduced to different terminology used to denote LGBTQ lives and identities and understand how to use appropriate language across different contexts
To learn a different theories of diversity in sexuality and gender and how these can be useful when working systemically
To inhabit a self and relationally reflexive position about otherness, gender and sexuality and how this can inform your therapeutic conversations
To be introduced to queer systemic therapeutic practices and how to use them in your work contexts with LGBTQI people
Amanda Middleton is a Systemic and Family Psychotherapist, with a particular interest in genders and sexualities. A Clinical Associate at The Pink Practice where she works therapeutically with families, couples and individuals who identify as LGBTQI and beyond. She is also an Associate at Pink Therapy offering training that combines gender, sexual and relationship diversity with clinical sexology and queer theory.
Most recently Amanda has developed and delivered a two day course, Working alongside trans, gender diverse and questioning people for counsellors and therapists, and leads consultation groups for the Therapists and Counsellors Network at Gendered Intelligence (for more details). She has also just co-edited a special edition of Context Magazine which seeks to provide a resource for Systemic Psychotherapists and practitioners supporting trans people and their families (Edition 155: February 2018)
Amanda has a commitment to and expertise in working with gender, sexuality, marginalisation and difference. Initially qualifying as a Psychologist in Australia, she has 20 years of experience in the gender and sexuality, dual diagnosis, HIV and sexual health, drug and alcohol use, and domestic violence sectors. She is passionate about systemic theory, anti-oppressive practice and developing the tools we need to work from an intersectional perspective in therapy.