Introduction to LGBT+ Culture and Client Needs

  • Certification: IICP will issue a CPD Certificate of Attendance. CPD: 6 hours

  • QQI: N/A

  • Cost: €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)

    • NOTE: Summer Series Special Offer – Book any two workshops and get a third free (cannot be used in conjunction with alumni discount)
  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • Date: Saturday, 5th September 2020


Introduction to LGBT+ culture and client needs in psychotherapy, current estimates place the LGBT+ population of Ireland between 4%-10%, and it is said that LGBT+ clients are more likely to engage in therapy (McLeod, 2013; McCann & Sharek, 2014).

Therefore, it is likely as therapists we will eventually find ourselves working with a client from the LGBT+ community.

Course Content

As a therapist, do we feel confident that we are meeting the needs of LGBT+ clients? Every culture has its own set of rules, nuances and even language. While we might be interested in understanding the different terminology, sexualities and genders associated with the LGBT+ culture, it is not always easy to ask about another person’s culture without a fear of potentially causing offence.

Areas covered in this workshop will include an introduction to the following topics:

• LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) culture
• Sexual and Gender identities
• Increased confidence in using gender neutral pronouns
• Global and Irish public attitudes towards the LGBT+ community
• Issues specific to LGBT+ clients
• An increased awareness and understanding of how homophobia, biphobia and transphobia impacts LGBT+ clients mental health


  • Saturday 5th September 2020, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Who Should Apply:

  • This course will be of interest to professionals and volunteers who work, or potentially will work, with LGBT+ clients in counselling or mental health services in general.


  • The college will issue a certificate of attendance to those who take this workshop.
  • CPD: 6 hours


  • €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)
  • This course is part of IICP’s Summer Series and eligible for our 3 for 2 offer so book any two summer series workshops and get a third one free!

    • Note: The discount for IICP Students / Alumni and VCS Counsellors cannot be used in conjunction with the 3 for 2 offer.


  • This workshop will take place online, using a software called Zoom. Participants will be sent a link to join the online platform before the course commences.

Getting Started

You have the option of either applying online through our online application form or else by downloading an application form and sending it along with your payment to the IICP office.

  • To apply, simply click the below button to be brought to our online application process. When prompted, please select ‘Summer Series’, then select the options that best suit you and complete the form. Please remember to avail of our special 3for2 discount you need to select three courses.
  • Click the below button to download an application form.
  • Email the completed application form to
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If you have any trouble at any stage of the application please click here to get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Alan Dignam
Alan DignamCourse Facilitator
Alan holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and is currently completing a master’s degree in Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy. Alan works as a psychotherapist in Dowdstown counselling service and is an assistant lecturer with IICP college.