Unconscious Bias in the Therapy Room

Date: 20th June 2020.

Time: 9.45am - 4.30pm

Venue: The Room, 42 Broken Cross, Almondbury, Huddersfield. HD5 8XR.

Cost: £70 to include tea/coffee/biscuits. Please bring your own packed lunch.

Trainer: Sam Hope, MA, MBACP (Accred.):

Sam Hope is a professional Equality, Diversity and Inclusion trainer and has been delivering therapists’ CPD for years, both privately and for Wolverhampton University, The Sherwood Institute, Leeds Counselling and The Academy Space in Sheffield. A long standing BACP accredited humanistic therapist/supervisor in private practice, Sam has also worked organisationally, mainly in education and domestic/sexual violence settings. Sam’s book Person Centred Counselling for Trans and Gender Diverse People is out in August with Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Sam is disabled and a member of the LGBT+ community and also facilitates community spaces and organising around these issues.


This workshop helps practitioners develop their knowledge, competence and skills working across difference in therapeutic settings. Unconscious bias refers to the subtle ways we are taught to think about certain groups of people, the assumptions we make, the ways we “fill in the blanks” without realising. While we think we are offering the core conditions, we can be blissfully unaware of how our unconscious biases get in the way of us fully meeting our clients. This CPD day, from an experienced Equality, Diversity and Inclusion trainer and person-centred therapist, provides a safe space in which we can explore our own unconscious biases and gives an overview of the typical social narratives and structures we need to unlearn and challenge if we are to be helpful to diverse clients.

The day explores:

  • Social narratives and tendencies that create unconscious bias
  • Ways we can unpick, notice and challenge our own and other’s biases
  • How we can deepen the therapeutic relationship when working cross-culturally
  • Narratives that get applied to specific marginalised groups
  • The concept of intersectionality and how this complicates client’s experiences
  • The concept of minority stress and the impact of social narratives and structures on specific groups
  • Critiques of some unconscious bias training approaches and how we can make this count