• Topic:Psychological help for LGBTQ+ people
  • Leader:Krzysztof Kościółek, Michał Kupis
  • Organizer:Łódzka Szkoła Gestalt
  • Deadline:6 July 2024 10:00 - 7 July 2024 17:00
  • Workshop days:Saturday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sunday 09:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Number of hours:19 training hours
  • Place:Headquarters of the Lodz Gestalt School, ul. 125 Piotrkowska St., Lodz
  • Price:1000 zł
  • Language:Polish
  • Free choice:Yes
  • For whom:For psychotherapists and psychotherapists-in-training, psychologists, psychiatrists, professionals working with LGBTQ+ clients/patients
  • Group:min 8/max 20

Gestalt workshop: psychological help for LGBTQ+ people with Krzysztof Kościółek and Michal Kupis!

Workshop Description:

We are born and live in a world that makes us assimilate that heteronorm is the natural and only correct option for living. Any manifestation of gender, sexual or relational diversity is identified as something strange, unnatural and something to be ashamed of.

Heterosexuals experience their sexual identity as something obvious and natural. No one is surprised by the kindergarten children’s games in making pairs. Meanwhile, LGBTQ+ people discover their sexual or gender identity by singling out – “I am different_y.” Non-heteronormative people live in a different context from hetero and cisgender people, and it is this context that a person who provides psychological or psychotherapeutic assistance should be aware of.

If these worlds differ in something so fundamental, is working with an LGBTQ+ person like “any other human being”; really enough?

We invite you to gain knowledge and learn about the world of non-heteronormative people.

Gestalt workshop: psychological help for LGBTQ+ people | subject area:

  • Basic concepts of LGBTQ issues;
  • Psychosexual development with special emphasis on the development of non-heteronormative orientation and gender identity
  • Functioning of people belonging to minority groups
  • Knowledge of the concept of minority stress and its impact on the lives and functioning of people
  • Diversity of gender identities, and sexual-romantic relationships
  • Sexual and gender identity in the socio-cultural dimension
  • Coming Out and its significance for mental health
  • Gender incompatibility in children and adolescents from the perspective of DSM IV / ICD10; DSM V / ICD 11
  • The impact of stereotypes and prejudices on the situation of LGBTQ+ people
  • Stages of the gender reconciliation process
  • Gender correction process in social, medical and legal aspects
  • Therapeutic competence to work with LGBTQ+ people
  • Specifics of psychotherapy and other forms of psychological assistance in working with LGBTQ+ people
  • Conversion interactions and their impact on mental health
  • Problems experienced by LGBTQ+ people in an inter- and intrapsychic context;
  • Psychological and sexological help and support;


After the training:

  • You will understand what sexual and gender orientation and identity is and learn about its diversity
  • You will understand the effects of stigma and minority stress and its impact on mental health.
  • You will learn about the impact of the described mechanisms on the attitudes of those offering psychological help to LGBTQ+ people;
  • You will increase knowledge that will help you better understand the life situation and psychological needs of LGBTQ+ people,
  • You will learn the standards for professional outreach work with LGBTQ+ people
  • You will understand the impact of HIV/AIDS on the lives of LGBTQ+ people.
  • You will learn about the specifics of the process of helping LGBTQ+ people

Gestalt workshop leader: psychological help for LGBTQ+ people:

Krzysztof Kościółek (he, his)

Supervisor, certified psychotherapist, group trainer, sexologist, teacher of the psychotherapy profession, founder of the Spaces Psychotherapy Center.

She is certified by the European Association for Gestalt Therapy. He prepares future psychotherapists for the profession at the Gestalt Institute in Krakow and the School of Gestalt Psychotherapy in Lodz.

He specializes in working with LGBTQ+ people, both those who have just discovered their identity (sexual as well as gender) and are having difficulty accepting it, and those who are experiencing problems in relationships or the sexual sphere. He works with transgender and non-binary people experiencing rejection from family and friends or facing other problems requiring psychotherapy. He takes a respectful approach to the free expression of gender, sexual and relational diversity.

Michal Kupis (he, his)

Psychologist. He works with people on the autism spectrum on a daily basis. He has been providing LGBTQ+ and transgender awareness training since middle school, educating students, faculty and peers. Conducted a training course entitled. “Inclusive language and basic knowledge of transgenderism” for the Lodz Gestalt School. He runs a Support Group for Transgender and Non-Binary People organized by the Equality Factory in Lodz.

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