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Working with Identity Based Trauma: Video Course


Speakers: Michael Beattie & Laura Scarrone Bonhomme

Product: Video Course
Price: £65

CPD hours: 3

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Just like a jigsaw puzzle, a person’s identity is composed of a number of intersectional elements or identity categories (Crenshaw, 1991), including gender, sexuality, religious background and ethnicity. While these are parts that an individual does not choose – these can prove to be challenging and anxiety-provoking when who we are is conceptualized by others / society as inadequate, problematic or in some way defective.

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Having identities that are problematized by others can create a feeling of discomfort about one’s self-perception – a condition that has been described as Identity Based Trauma (IBT). IBT can be experienced by anyone holding a salient (visible or invisible) trait that makes them a minority and for which they may experience discrimination, shaming and / or alienation.

Through examples and case vignettes, this intellectually stimulating seminar explains both theoretical and practical approaches for working with Identity Based Trauma. By looking at specific examples of individuals belonging to gender and sexual minorities, the seminar explores:

  • How do we comprehend the societal structures that set the foundations of IBT and, by extension, internalised transphobia and homophobia
  • The mechanics of IBT: how does it originate, what does it feel like? How do we make sense of its relation to self-esteem, self-loathing, social anxiety and attachment styles?
  • What are the therapeutic pathways we need to follow to allow our clients gain authenticity without shame – the webinar specifically discusses 3rd wave cognitive behavioural therapy models like Compassion Focused Therapy (Gilbert, 2010) as well as somatic techniques

Overall, the seminar is aimed at not just enhancing our comprehension of IBT as therapists, but also equipping us with practical tools for working with IBT and its co-constructs.

About the speakers

Dr Michael Beattie (PsychD, CPsychol.)

Michael is a HCPC Registered Chartered Counselling Psychologist with a research interest in the psychology of men and masculinities.  In addition, he has worked in the field of sexuality, sexual identity and sexual health as well as with issues of gender identity and gender dysphoria.  His book Counselling Skills for Working with Gender Identity & Gender Dysphoria was published with colleagues by Jessica Kingsley in 2018.  He currently works as a Counselling Psychologist at the NHS Gender Identity Clinic in London.  Prior to entering the field of counselling psychology Michael worked in marketing communications, facilitating strategic planning and training sessions for clients across the world.

Laura Scarrone Bonhomme (MSc Health & Clinical Psy., CPsychol.)

Laura is a Clinical Psychologist who trained and developed her career internationally, working in Spain, South America, and the United Kingdom. She specialises in gender and sexual diversity working in a private capacity and, for many years, as part of the NHS Adult Gender Identity Clinic in Charing Cross. She has publications on the therapeutic relationship and challenges faced by transgender and non-binary people. Laura is part of the BPS Gender Diversity Specialist Register, a Member of the British Association of Gender Specialist (BAGIS), and a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

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