Faith, religion, and belief are protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 and therefore working inclusively means we need to be equipped as practitioners to work with clients presenting with religious or spiritual concerns. This conference seeks to explore the intersections between religion and spirituality and equality, diversity, and inclusion and considers the implications for therapeutic practice.

This conference will be suitable for practitioners seeking to:

  • Develop their knowledge and awareness working within diversity and difference
  • Increase their competence working with clients presenting with religious, spiritual beliefs or concerns
  • Increase their awareness around the intersections of aspects of EDI and religion, and spirituality
  • Reflect on their own assumptions, whether conscious or unconscious, relating to EDI issues, religion, and spirituality
  • Develop more inclusive anti-oppressive therapeutic practice for clients from religious or spiritual backgrounds

The event will include 3 presentations followed by Q&A, with a final panel discussion at the end. 


This online event will begin at 9.30am on Friday 1 December and conclude at approximately 2pm. 

Working with Soul programme.

Event aims 

  • Increase awareness around religion, faith, and belief being protective characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 and explore the implications for clinical practice
  • Explore the intersections between aspects of EDI and religion, and spirituality and how these impact on client’s flourishing or depleted mental health and well-being
  • Embracing equality, diversity, inclusion, and belonging fosters a enriching environment where every individual's unique perspectives and identities are respected and valued
  • Develop greater personal and professional awareness of difference and diversity and integrate this new knowledge into their clinical work to ensure inclusive practice
  • Gain confidence in working with clients wanting to explore religious or spiritual beliefs within counselling

Learning outcomes

  • Recognise why knowledge and awareness of religion and spirituality are essential to provide an inclusive practice to clients
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the intersections between aspects of EDI and religion and spiritualty and how these can impact positively or adversely on client’s mental health and well-being
  • Identify growth in self-awareness around difference and diversity and understand the implications of this self-knowledge for therapeutic practice
  • Adopt a more inclusive framework when working with clients from religious or spiritual backgrounds

Who is this for?

This event is aimed at a wide range of members and non-members and not just practitioners who are members of the spirituality division. The conference will benefit counsellors, practitioners and clinical supervisors working in a variety of settings. The conference is suitable for student members.


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On-demand booking

After the event has finished you'll have access to the on-demand service for 3 months until Tuesday 5 March 2024.