Neurodivergence, sex, and relationships Thursday 4th April 2024
NCIP approval has been applied for.
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: Thursday 4th April 2024
Timing: 9am – 3pm (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
Cost: £110 if booked by 3rd February 2024, £125 if booked by 3rd March 2024, £140 full price
If your booking is accepted that means there was space for you. If it is full, email email@example.com 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 preparation: 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)
Our expectation: IS THAT YOU WILL ATTEND THIS WORKSHOP FOR THE FULL LENGTH OF THE COURSE, HAVE YOUR VIDEO ON, YOUR MOBILE OFF, AND FULLY PARTICIPATE.
- 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.
SOMETHING WE ALL NEED TO BEAR IN MIND
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.
Therapists Insurance: By booking on this workshop you confirm that you have sufficient insurance to offer therapy to the public. (We are required by the NCIP, who accredit this workshop, to ask you to confirm this). If there is any discrepancy please let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
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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