The purpose of these sessions is to widen your knowledge, awareness, and skills in embedding difference and diversity ‘as standard’ for all clients (as well as becoming self-aware of your own normativity, difference, and diversity).

DD&A considers the social context, social identities, ecological systems, structural disadvantage, otherness, marginalisation, and empowerment aspects in relation to client problems (psycho-social-structural), especially for clients who occupy diverse intersectional identities including gender, sexuality, trans, race, culture, disability, neurodivergence, religion, nationality, and class.

The first session will introduce core anti-oppressive practice concepts and why it is vital for working with difference, diversity & inclusion work. The second session will help you begin integrating these ideas into therapeutic practice including conceptualising clients’ difficulties. The third session will then reflect on principles of practice, the importance of self-reflexivity of own normativity and marginalisation, therapeutic pitfalls, and help you develop an ecological awareness of practice in developing a just and inclusive practice. A session role-play video will be used to reflect on learnings. The core curriculum transformation service for training providers developed under the anti-discrimination focus (#TADF) collaboration will be introduced to help situate professional transformation (See

About the presenter

Mamood Ahmad is a therapist, author, trainer, and founder of the Anti-Discrimination focus (TADF). He has extensive experience in client mental health advocacy work, including the book ‘client perspectives of therapy’ and more recently in supporting counselling and psychotherapy training providers to embed difference and diversity as standard. He specialises in diversity studies, trauma, and antidiscrimination practice. He holds a private practice in Binfield, Berkshire since 2014.

Email: Twitter: @ahmad_mamood. Web:

The main aims of the PDD

To help therapists integrate difference, diversity, and inclusion within self and practice using an anti-discrimination practice lens.

By the end of the PDD, participants will be able to

  1. To understand anti-oppressive practice concepts and why it is vital for working with Difference, Diversity & Inclusion (In Therapy and in providing an Inclusive service offering)
  2. Gain tools on how to open client narratives on difference, diversity, discrimination, and identity
  3. Conceptualise clients’ experiences systemically based on social positions, identity, and personal history in relation to clients’ difficulties
  4. Understand how to begin integrating DD&A ideas into practice and inclusion work
  5. Situate their individual learning and next steps
  6. Signpost to resources for DD&A core competence development


This workshop is split into three sessions and each will be followed by a live Q&A session with Mamood Ahmad. The first session will begin at 09:30am and the event will finish at 1:15pm.

Please click here to view the programme (PDF 124KB)


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