Friends of Arkordia Seminars

Friends of Arkordia Seminars are a series of presentations of interest to professionals in the fields of counselling, psychotherapy, art therapy, psychiatry, psychology, social work, and related disciplines.

Arkordia is a charity and we are entirely reliant on donations. We therefore kindly suggest a donation of at least £10 per ticket to attend our events. This enables Arkordia to support as many clients as possible.

Upcoming seminars will be advertised below and on our social media channels.

Queering Counselling through Vulnerability, Authenticity, Rupture and Repair

A seminar by Dr Deanna N. Cor on Friday 10 May 2024 at 19:30 – 21:00


When we ask supervisees and clients to be emotionally vulnerable for the sake of growth, are we willing to do the same? How can we interrogate the ways in which we support and uphold the cisheteronormative approach to relational engagement? What does it mean to “queer” those dynamics?

This workshop will guide participants in exploring hidden biases within our own understandings of gender and sexuality through connected and compassionate curiosity. Participants will be encouraged to share reactions, activation points, and ideas for relating to clients and supervisees with transparency. The conversation will also explore strategies for managing ruptures in clinical relationships and pathways to navigating the complexity and necessity of repair.


Dr Deanna N. Cor, PhD, LPC, is an associate professor in the Counsellor Education Department at Portland State University in Oregon, US. They received their PhD in counsellor education and supervision from The George Washington University. They are a licensed professional counsellor in Oregon, a National Board Certified Counsellor, and a board-approved clinical supervisor.

Dr Cor’s scholarship focuses on developing and enhancing multicultural and social justice counselling competencies in counselling students and current practitioners, specifically for working with clients identifying as trans, nonbinary, and gender expansive. Their clinical specialty areas include working with LGBTQ individuals, exploring life transitions, and relational concerns.

Dr Cor is the founder of the Oregon chapter of the Society of Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities. They have published several articles, book chapters, and continue to engage in ongoing research to improve counsellor education curriculum, training, and practitioner competency.

Location and Registration

You can attend this seminar in person at Southside Centre, 86 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PY alternatively you can join Online using Zoom.

You can register for this event at Event Bright.

Arkordia is a charity and we are entirely reliant on donations. We therefore kindly suggest a donation of at least £10 to attend our events which helps support Arkordia to support as many clients as possible.

Scroll to Top