An Introduction to Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diverse Clients (GSRD)

Online | 1 Day

Having completed the short introduction, participants will begin to explore the complexity and challenges inherent in working with diverse gender, sexuality and relationship diverse client groups.

Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diverse Clients


Previously, courses exploring human sexuality often focussed on issues of difference (when compared to heterosexuality) rather than capture the broad diversity and complex interactions between gender, sexuality and relationship diverse clients. These were often called LGBT issues, which set those client populations into a broad category in which heterosexuality was not considered. Today, heterosexuality is best considered one colour on the broad human gender and sexuality spectrum.


For contemporary therapists, client gender and sexuality presentations vary widely and challenge therapists to learn a whole new vocabulary e.g. pansexuality, cis-gender, polyamoury etc. and are further challenged to reevaluate their own values and beliefs about gender, sexuality and various relationship styles.


Course Details


DURATION: 1 Day    START DATE: 12th June 2021


TIMETABLE: Saturday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm


AWARD: PCI College Professional Certificate in Introduction to Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diverse Clients (GSRD)


VENUE: Live-Online Classroom 

covid-10-addendumIn compliance with COVID-19, the classes will be delivered as live online lessons via Microsoft Teams, which is a platform built on Office 365. It is a secure platform and follows the compliance capabilities.




This short, one-day online course will begin to ground and orientate student, pre-accredited and accredited therapists with fresh thinking and research insights when working with gender, sexuality and relationship diverse client groups. Time will be given to exploring our values, beliefs and re-orientating our language toward inclusivity, respect and the dignity of clients from previous binary views of gender, heteronormativity and monogamy. The day will include theory, research, personal/professional reflection and some skills practice.



Having completed the short introduction, participants will begin to explore the complexity and challenge inherent in working with diverse gender, sexuality and relationship diverse client groups.



  • Introduction to GSRD.
  • Terms & Terminology. Inclusivity, respect and dignity for client identities.
  • Exploring our beliefs/values around GSRD.
  • Skills Practice.
  • Signpost to additional learning resources.
  • Feedback & Close

Entry Requirements



Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience and students currently in professional training. This 1-day workshop could potentially be of benefit to the broader helping professions including nurses, midwives, social workers etc.


IT SKILLS: Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.


Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application.

Course Fees



Full Price: €100

PCI College Graduate & Student*: €80

*PCI College Student rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only



Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate in the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.


Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed


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