Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity: How a Queerer Therapy is Healing for Us All

Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21, 2024 | 7.5 hours CE Credits or Certificate of Completion
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. US EST & 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. CET | Via Zoom

Registration Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2024


Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) is a concept that is emerging in psychotherapies in Europe. GSRD radically challenges heteronormativity, the dominant culture where only certain genders, sexualities and relationships are considered normal and healthy. Heteronormativity is obviously oppressive to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, pansexuals and other folks included under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella. However, heteronormativity is also damaging to straight people. GSRD work is important for all of us.

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to GSRD, heteronormativity and other related concepts – and explore how they are impacted personally and professionally. Some of Vikram’s studies within this field will be presented – and participants will be invited to participate in experiments and dialogues to increase awareness of heteronormativity and GSRD. Ultimately, our aim is to make the therapy room and other spaces more open and welcoming – or at least try to avoid adding to suffering related to gender, sex and relationships. Hopefully, GSRD work will also result in some joy for us and others.

The workshop will include mini-lectures, experiential exercises and reflections, and dialogue. It will be based on confluent pedagogy and engage participants cognitively as well as emotionally. There will be structure – and there will be space to explore what emerges during the workshop.

Who Should Attend?

Gestalt therapists, other psychotherapists, supervisors, coaches, trainers, and anyone else interested in the topic.

In This Workshop, Participants Will:

  • Gain an understanding of GSRD, heteronormativity and related concepts
  • Learn about some of the studies within the field
  • Grow their awareness of how pervasive heteronormativity is, including in the therapy room, and how we can free ourselves from it

Program Leader

Vikram Kolmannskog is a professor at the Norwegian Gestalt Institute University College. Vikram has also trained as a lawyer with a specialization in human rights, and as a social scientist, holding a doctoral degree in the sociology of law.

Vikram is interested in and involved with Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) in clinical practice, training, and research. Among his several publications on the topic is the recent book he co-edited ‘Queering Gestalt Therapy’ (Routledge, 2023) and contributed a chapter. Read more about Vikram

Tuition (maximum 30 registrants)

Refunds will only be given to those who cancel a full two weeks prior to the workshop.

Please be mindful that if you register for sliding scale at the lowest end when you can afford the higher ticket price, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility.

  • $250 full tuition
  • $225 GTIP Associate Members
  • $200 Students
  • $175 Sliding Scale (3 spaces available)

GTIP offers Continuing Education credits to: LSW, LCSW, LPC, LMFT, PSY, GENERIC. Should you be requesting CEUs, please indicate what license you hold and your license number on the registration form.


This session is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for a maximum of 7.5 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE accredited School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers in PA and many other states.

GTIP is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer 7.5 hours of continuing education for psychologists. GTIP maintains responsibility for the program. The Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology requires Psychology workshop participants to furnish their license number to receive a certificate of attendance.

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