Neurodivergence, sex, and relationships 16 July 2023

Neurodivergence, sex, and relationships Sunday 16th July 2023

NCIP approval has been applied for.

ONE PLACE LEFT.   To join waiting list email @ with your phone number.  Or book the next course which is on Friday 27th October 2023 

This training may be taken on its own or as part of a 6-day series leading to a Certificate in Diversity within Contemporary Relationships, more info can be found here: Certificate in Diversity within Contemporary Relationships

Dates: Sunday 16th July 2023  
Email your telephone number to join waiting list. 
Or book for next course on 27th October

Alternative dates: Friday 27th October 2023 or Saturday 6th January 2024

Timing: 10am – 4pm (BST – UK time) with an hour break for lunch and 2 other short breaks.

Trainer: Tiga-Rose Nercessian, scroll down to see more about the trainer

Location: Online

Cost: £110 if booked by 16th May 2023, £125 if booked by 16th June 2023, £140 full price


ONE PLACE LEFT.  To join waiting list email @ with your phone number.  Or book the next course which is on Friday 27th October 2023 

Email your telephone number to join waiting list. 

If your booking is accepted that means there was space for you.  If it is full, email to join the ‘reserve list’.  Then, if anyone drops out we will notify you, if there is a ‘last minute’ place  for you.  We will also let you know when we plan a new date.

Content: This 1-day experiential training offers you the opportunity to further develop your competence and confidence when working with neurodivergent adults. This includes looking at different presentations you may work with, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD), Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), Dyslexia, Alexithymia, Synesthesia, and Tourette’s Syndrome. 

By moving away from pathologising psychiatric terms such as “disorder” and taking a more developmental approach, we can explore and discuss some of the experiences of neurodivergent clients and their common presenting issues concerning sex and relationships. These include sensory processing issues in relation to sex, rejection sensitivity in dating, and alexithymia and OCD in relationships. We also investigate the intersectionality between neurodivergence and gender, asexuality, non-monogamy, and kink. Woven into the day are eight fun and reflective activities for you to try and potentially to use with neurodivergent clients. Lastly, there will be time to reflect on the appropriate adjustments you’re willing and able to make in your practice.  

Trainer: Tiga-Rose Nercessian (she/her) is a COSRT accredited psychosexual and relationship therapist, multi-certified intimacy coach, trainer, and academic researcher, who has been working in the field since 2015. Tiga-Rose works in private practice predominantly with erotically marginalised adults, including those who are neurodivergent, LGBTQIA+, kinky, queer, and non-monogamous. Her aim is help people have happier, healthier, and more fulfilling relationships with themselves and others – whatever that relationship looks like for them. 

Pre workshop preparations: There will be 30mins of preparation required for this workshop

Who should attend: This course is open to all counsellors, psychotherapists, psychosexual therapists, coaches and health workers who wish to deepen their understanding and thinking about Neurodivergence, sex, and relationships.

Maximum Number: 30

Approved for CPD:  (NB We have applied for, but not yet received approval by NCIP for the Neurodiversity  day  to  be  accredited)

There are some online talks on zoom that allow you to come and go, or to choose not to participate in the exercise and breakout rooms.  This culture has started to creep into our workshops.  We have even had people say they want to leave to go and pick up children from school or walk their dog!  People dropping in and out is very disruptive – especially when there may be group exercises that are planned for the same group to participate in a number of times.  
Because of this, we want to be clear about our expectations.  This workshop has been planned with the assumption that you, and everyone else, will attend for the full time.  SO PLEASE BE CLEAR, THAT IF YOU BOOK ON THIS WORKSHOP, WE EXPECT YOU TO ATTEND FOR THE WHOLE TIME, TO  PARTICIPATE IN THE BREAKOUT ROOMS AND EXERCISES AND HAVE YOUR VIDEO SWITCHED ON.
Please also put your mobile to one side and on silent – checking your phone or texting will mean that you miss material.  So we request that you only check your phone during breaks.  

When powerful feelings are revealed and processed, it is not unusual that our own psychological issues are triggered and flow into the mix.  Wilfred Bion is a respected name in the world of group working. He wrote extensively and cogently on issues that invariably occur in groups. We would like to agree basic guidelines with you – based on his findings – to ensure the success of our work together. Bion’s central focus was the disruption (he called it ‘resistance’) that may arise within a group that shifts it away from its agreed task.  Our focus, our agreed task for this workshop is NOT therapy for the members or to criticise others.  OUR AGREED TASK IS TO OFFER TEACHING AND LEARNING RELATED TO DIVERSITY WITHIN CONTEMPORARY RELATIONSHIPS. 

To this end, our Certificate in Diversity within Contemporary Relationships welcomes and needs people to be courageous, and examine prejudice with tolerance and a minimum of defensiveness.  We need our workshops to be safe spaces, where participants can be vulnerable and supported if they make mistakes, as we all do.   We would like to remind you that we work within UK law and ethics (Gender Recognition, Equalities Act, MOU and Race) and will not tolerate non-compliance in any way.   We wholeheartedly support people courageously stepping forward, and anyone who is critical of this will not be welcome on this training and may be asked to leave.

Cancellations: Any request to change (eg defer to alternative dates) or cancel your place at a workshop, that is made at less than 21 days before the course start date will be charged in full.  Any cancellation / amendments / requests to defer before 21 days, will be subject to a 12.5% handling charge.

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