Category of application
Please note this form does not offer a 'save' facility part way through - you may wish to formulate your responses into a text document and then cut and paste them across to the form and we recommend you read through the requirements so that you can gather together the relevant information in advance of making your submission.
The accreditation scheme is only open to therapists already qualified to at least Counselling Diploma level.
This form requires a substantial amount of information but we are keen to support and encourage you to complete the process. We are looking for evidence of training, conferences, activities and reading etc. that contribute to the development of your understanding and work with GSRD clients.
Our assessors are willing to demonstrate some flexibility and reasonableness in the way the information is presented and recognise you may not have all the evidence to hand to submit, and so we are looking for your intention to use your best efforts to meet the criteria laid out.
At the end of this form you will be required to make payment of your application fee via Paypal.
AGSRDT application fee - £75.00 GBP
Resubmission of a returned application fee - £50.00 GBP
REQUIREMENTS STANDARD ACCREDITATION (AGSRDT)
30 hours training during the past five years
Reading and other media
150 practice hours with a minimum of five therapy clients or groups during the past five years
Personal statement of 500-1500 words
The following definitions are a guide:
Gender, Sexuality & Relationship Diversities (GSRD)
We take a wide view of these categories, extending the traditional lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Gender diversities refer to anyone on the gender spectrum however they identify and not limited to people who have intersex conditions now sometimes referred to as Disorders (Differences) of Sex Development (DSD), androgynes, gender queer and cross dressers. Under sexuality diversities we also include people who are asexual or celibate, members of the BDSM/Kink communities, people in non-traditional, non-monogamous relationships (swingers, polyamorous etc).
A qualified counsellor, psychotherapist or clinical or counselling psychologist who works with clients who identify as GSRD as a significant proportion of their client load, and a member of a recognised professional therapy organisation with a code of ethics and complaints procedure. The therapy qualification should be a minimum of two years diploma level (around 450 hours taught component).
Attendance on courses, workshops and seminars of specific relevance to GSRD work. Where possible attendance certificates or letters from course providers should be uploaded.
Reading and other media
Books, journals, articles or visual material which have informed practice in GSRD areas or contributed to an understanding of social context.
Client therapy hours
Face to face, telephone or internet-based counselling, psychotherapy or therapeutic group work, ideally with a range of GSRD clients with diverse identities. For the advanced level we will be looking for a breadth of diversity and depth of thinking with your GSRD clients.
Supervision of other GSRD therapeutic work, practitioners and students.
This should describe the development and philosophy of your practice with GSRD clients and discuss ethical issues and dilemmas and approaches to diversity. It should also indicate how you envisage your practice developing in the future.
This can be the supervisor of your generic practice if they are familiar with the range and standard of your work. We ask them to complete a short online form to support your application.