Working with Difference, Diversity, and Marginalisation

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Organised by:

#TADF (A NCS Org Member)

25 November 2022 - 09 December 2022

Time: 10:00 - 16:30

Price: Contact for free/affordable placements

Location: online


Join diversity specialists Mamood Ahmad (UKCP Psychotherapist) and Sam Jamal (BACP Therapist) as they help you integrate the latest theories and tools for working with Difference, Diversity & Marginalisation (DD&M) in therapeutic practice.

DD&M considers the social context, identity, otherness, and empowerment aspects of working with difference and diversity, especially for clients who occupy diverse intersectional identities of gender, sexuality, trans, race, culture, disability, neurodivergence, religion, nationality, and class. Twelve critical tools are explored for self-development and working with DD&M in practice.

In this course, we help you develop knowledge, awareness, and skills in working with your own and client’s diverse identities, such as building the relationship, focusing in on identity-related experiences, structural competence, and the impact of stress associated with marginalisation. This training will also provide a contemporary, up-to-date overview of working with diverse groups as well as common and different factors associated with client presentations. We will also reflect on the solutions and challenges of building an all-inclusive practice.

This course is based on our (#TADF) openly available, embedded and integrated therapy curriculum used by several training providers (please enquire for further information at:


It is well known that diversity training is often an ‘Other’ and/or time limited part of training. In psychological training, the therapist can often be left without the knowledge and skills necessary for them to begin integrating and working within an DD&M as standard frame. The link between the client’s social location, identity, worldview, discrimination, otherness, and difficulties may never be made. This can leave an important factor out of therapy and consequently lead to a shortfall in the service provided or, worse, negative or even harmful experiences. This course aims to orient you towards a ‘diversity integrated as standard’ model of practice which goes to the roots of how to embed DD&M into therapeutic practice.


The training is structured into eleven units with discussions, case examples, and practical interventions and strategies provided throughout. There will be opportunities to ask questions, bring in your own experiences of practice, and gain insight from therapists with experience of integrating DD&M within therapy, in training, and in various helping professions.

Day 1 : Building the Foundation for Integrated, Whole & Embedded DD&M Practice

  • Difference, Diversity & Marginalisation: Theories, Concepts and Mental Health Impacts
  • Towards All-Inclusive Whole Practice: Theory & Integration & Practice
  • Difference and Diversity: A-Z Overview : Including Culture, LGBTQIA, Disability & NeuroDivergence, Class
  • Marginalisation: Majority Marginalised Stress, Common & Differential Themes, Structural Comparisons, Principles of DD&M Practice
  • Overview of the 12 Critical Tools of Common Practice
  • Centering Anti-discrimination practice in practice: All-inclusive practice

Day 2 : Developing the Skills for Integrated, Whole & Embedded DD&M Practice

  • Foundation Tools 1 : Modality, Difference, Social Location, WorldViews, Discovering Contexts, and Developing Cross-Identity relationships
  • Foundation Tools 2: Marginalisation, Identity, Visibility, Acculturation, Structural Narratives (4XI’s of Oppression), Stress and Trauma, Review of Group Specific Therapeutic Themes
  • Harm in Therapy: Iatrogenic, individual, group, cultural and systemic views of harm, stagnation and negative experiences
  • Applying DD&M Systemically: A Simulation of Inadvertent Systemic Discrimination and its Impact on Client Experiences and Outcomes
  • The Road Ahead: Towards whole unconscious practice : Mind-Body & Structural Therapy


This training is for anyone involved in the mental health profession. From psychological practitioners, such as counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychologists, through to all organisation staff who are involved in governing or delivering therapeutic services such as training organisations and membership bodies. It is also suitable for trainee therapeutic practitioners.

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