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In modern society, the concept of human diversity has become an integral aspect of people’s daily lives. It plays a key role in the formation of individuals identity, world view and the way they relate to others. The diversification of society has influenced the counselling profession in relation to services, methods, practitioners and clients. The face of counselling has shifted over the years to now encompass people from all parts of society.
Here at Citizen this is reflected in the wide range of styles, approach, theoretical positions, languages, and backgrounds of our associates. It is this vivid environment, that is the driving force behind this conference based on “Diversity in Counselling”. This will provide a platform for counselling researchers and practitioners to come together, to present, discuss and exchange ideas around important themes. Based on the value sharing our different lived experiences, cultures, languages, beliefs, background and world views. With a focus around how this impacts the way we work as practitioners, the clients we work with, and both ours and their experiences of therapy. We are all unique and as counsellors it is important that we are able and feel comfortable with identifying differences, accepting them and being able to work with them.
The conference is a one day event and is structured with strands made up of specialism presentations, research papers, posters, networking opportunities and exhibitors. The final programme will be announced in September 2019 so you can plan your conference experience before the day. All delegates will receive a CPD Certificate following attendance at the conference.
The Old Library
Zellig, Gibb Street
The Venue is located opposite the ‘Zellig Building’, of the Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham – a complex of offices within one of the former buildings of the Birds Custard Factory. It is located just off the B4100 Digbeth High Street in the centre of Birmingham, roughly an 8‐10-minute walk from Birmingham New Street Railway Station and Birmingham’s Digbeth Coach Station – with car parking space (Pay & Display) nearby.
For more information on travelling to Birmingham and venue please see: Travel/Accommodation Information. [Create a download link for travel instructions document].
Citizen Conference is committed to diversity, inclusion and accessibility in everything we do. We affirm the principle that our meetings, communications, and other activities shall be accessible to any and all persons, and will make every reasonable effort to accommodate their needs for attendance and participation. Should you require any alterations please contact us on Conference@citizencoaching.com.
*There will be two Fully Qualified British Sign Language Interpreters for the full day, to facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing delegates and presenters.
Our First Two Keynote Speakers to confirm
Richard Knight MA, MBACP
York St John University
Richard Knight is a practising counsellor with lived experience of diversity through cultural and health aspects. Diagnosed only later in his life with pre-existing neurological / genetic disorders and learning/coordination disabilities, he experienced rapid deterioration and change from clinician to patient which has resulted in memory, comprehension, and multi-system physical disabilities. This ultimately results in widespread fatigue and chronic pain.
His roles are many in that he continues as a PhD researcher into disability and counselling; acts as Clinic Lead / Coordinator at the Counselling & Mental Health Clinic (CMHC) based at York St John University, where he is also an Associate Tutor. He is passionate about accessibility, diversity, and promotion of inclusivity in academia and the profession. His background stems from nursing, clinical leadership and palliative / emergency care. He is a proud member of the BAME community, and lover of all things sci-fi. Rich is also a husband, father and comes with wheels, wife, and trainee assistance dog as standard!
Deaf Focused, Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
Founder Deaf4Deaf Counselling service
Victoria is a psychotherapeutic counsellor and soon to be a UKCP psychotherapist next summer. Her core training was in Transactional Analysis, she also has a wide interest in other modalities like Schema and DBT. In 2016, she set up a specialised Deaf counselling service: Deaf4Deaf counselling. The focus was on creating a specialist deaf counselling service, that was, affordable to the NHS, accessible, and to be able to employ a team of skilled, qualified deaf & hearing counsellors that can sign proficient in BSL.
Victoria also works privately with hearing clients, focusing on TA psychotherapy. She is a member of the equality and diversity committee at Metanoia Institute. She is passionate about deaf rights, equality, empowerment, and believe in the team & community effort to make deaf people heard and seen in the world.
£87 or three monthly instalments of £29