These workshops are planned to share my experience and give a greater understanding of trans issues and some pitfalls you may need to avoid.

My workshops consistently achieve excellent feedback with average scores of 4.7/5 for “Meeting the stated objectives”, “Being effectively presented” and “I will be able to apply the learning”. I received the “Communications Award” at the first National Probation Service Diversity Awards and a Butler Trust Award as well as several Staff awards from Greater Manchester Probation Trust for this work.

You can, therefore, be assured of high quality and knowledgeable content.

The workshops can be tailored to suit your needs but I would recommend ½ day (2-2 ½ hour) sessions which would include:

The workshops include presentations and audience participation including syndicate sessions. If time is limited, the workshops can be compressed into about 50 minutes by reducing the audience participation aspects.

Typical 1/2 day/ evening Programme:

Working with Transgender Clients in a Caring Environment

The numbers of individuals seeking treatment for Gender Variance (previously known as Gender Dysphoria) is, according to GIRES, doubling every five years. Referrals of young people (under 16) to the Tavistock Clinic are increasing exponentially.

As counsellors/ support workers, if you haven’t already worked with a trans client, there is a very good chance that you will.

I've been counselling trans people since 2000; I've also chaired a number of trans organisations and supported many individuals going through transition - including briefing their managers/ organisations especially in the public sector. Overall, I’ve probably worked with 1,000+ trans individuals. I’ve also been through the process myself and, whilst it’s important not to assume that all trans peoples’ experiences are the same (they are not) it has given me an insight into common situations we face.






Feedback from delegates

What I plan to cover 


List of labels

Feedback/ presentation

Trans Spectrum


What's difference between male & female? Physical/ mental

Syndicates & feedback

Brain sex test 




Understanding “Trans” – including the transition process and issues faced by Trans People


Possible Scenarios you could face

Syndicates & feedback

Implications of Gender Recognition Act 2004 & Equality Act 2010


How to avoid unlawful disclosure of “protected information” and consequential criminal record


Question & Answers

Open Forum

Target Audience

This workshop will be of interest to those dealing with individuals with gender identity issues (transgendered, transsexual, transvestite, intersexed, non-binary and gender fluid) in Caring Environments – including Counsellors and Support Workers. As there is significant common ground between gender identity and sexuality, those working with gay, lesbian and bisexual clients should also find this workshop of value.


At the end of the workshop, attendees should be aware of:

Delegates should also be in a position to avoid getting a criminal record themselves and facing a £5,000 fine.

Assessment as a Presenter

Typical evaluations from workshops:

Assessments of my presentations are consistently very positive - scoring an average of 4.7/5 on meeting objectives, effectively presented and delegates being able to apply the learning.

Comments on presentations/ workshops:

very good presentation. Fully made me aware of how little knowledge I had of the issues; thanks

comprehensive information well presented; I'd like more training

whole input was informative and empowering; very useful information delivered in an accessible manner

facilitator/ trainer very informed/ knowledgeable on subject

loads of useful information; needed to be longer

enjoyed the briefing, Helen made the event fun but filled us all in on all the facts and provided lots of insight and knowledge

the event should be mandatory for all staff to attend

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