to celebrate sexual diversity in clinical psychology described in
by Angela Hussain
new scheme to help "celebrate" sexual diversity within
the clinical psychology profession has been described in a journal
in February's edition of Clinical Psychology, the paper also describes
how one-to-one personal advisors can enable gay, lesbian and bisexual
trainee clinical psychologists to talk through any incidents of
homophobia and the feelings of being "unique and isolated from
scheme was established by staff and trainees from three British
Psychological Society-accredited clinical psychologist training
courses within the north Thames region, together with other clinical
role of the volunteer personal advisers, who are clinical psychologists,
is to offer advice, advocacy and support to lesbian, gay and bisexual
advisers help provide a "positive space where issues related
to sexuality and clinical training can be discussed."
paper's authors - Jane Gibbons, Catherine Butler and Robert Watson
- claim existing support for clinical psychologist trainees fails
to address specific LGB-related issues.
wrote that LGB trainees were "struggling to find a voice within
a dominant culture of assumed heterosexuality."
also highlighted a lack of 'out' LGB psychologists who can act as
also added that the personal adviser scheme fitted a requirement
that clinical psychologist training courses appreciate the relationship
between personal and professional development, including how one's
experience relates to the work of a clinical psychologist.
wrote: "We hope that this new initiative goes someway to bridging
the gap between the personal and the professional and provides trainees
with a place where these dual identities can become more integrated.
also hope that we are providing an example of a place where sexual
diversity can be openly celebrated and fully recognised by the professional
of clinical psychology."
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