Reported changes to the UK government’s plan to ban conversion therapy in England and Wales
We are dismayed by the reported changes to the UK government’s plan to ban conversion therapy, which first of all appeared to withdraw the proposal altogether, and then suggested it would go ahead but exclude trans people.
We are opposed to the misuse of therapy to try to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. We believe that conversion therapy is unethical and potentially harmful. A ban that does not explicitly protect trans, asexual, non-binary and other people at risk of conversion therapy will not be fit for purpose.
Alongside UKCP we support practitioners adopting a non-judgemental approach towards sexual orientation and gender identity, working with clients to explore their own emergent sense of identity without the practitioner adopting coercive practices towards a pre-determined outcome. We seek to protect people from conversion therapy without impacting safe, ethical therapy.
The Minster centre’s CPD Programme is filling up with a range of engaging experiential events and short courses. Visit our Events section for more info and to buy tickets.
Statement of Solidarity
The Minster Centre is committed to standing in solidarity with current protests against racial injustice.
We will continue to work on creating an open dialogue with all our students and staff, as part of our commitment to allyship; to building a foundation for responsive, active learning. We see owning the impacts of white fragility, power, privilege and racial identity as within the scope of our broader intention towards the effective decolonisation of our teaching approach.
The generational, emotional, physical and embodied impact of racism can no longer be left unaddressed.
The Minster Centre provides professional training in counselling and psychotherapy, an affordable therapy service, the MCPCS and an engaging CPD Programme.
Founded in 1978, we are now one of the longest established and leading Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling training institutions in Europe. We cater for around 300 diploma and MA students each year, as well as offering a range of short courses, accreditation programmes and continuing professional development events.
We are proud to offer a unique perspective of psychotherapy and counselling training, as we combine a strong theoretical integrative grounding with an emphasis on the importance of experiential learning.
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