Upcoming Workshops


Trainings for Counseling/Mental Health, Sexual, & Relational Health Providers and Students


Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Stout Traditional Professional Development Grant and the

Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy. Co-Sponsored by Imanadari Counselling & Ansara Psychotherapy.


Presented by Dr. Gávi Ansara & Dr. Markie Twist

About The Presenters


Trainings facilitated by two of the leading, internationally-recognised experts on mental and relational health needs of people of minoritised gender, relational, and erotic identities and experiences, renowned clinicians/educator-researchers Drs. Gávi Ansara and Markie Twist.


Dr Gávi Ansara has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Surrey in England. Dr Gávi is a polycultural psychotherapist and a relationship and family counsellor at Imanadari Counselling, where he runs the Triads, Quads, and Poly Relationships & Families Clinics. He also runs Ansara Psychotherapy, a polycultural, non-pathologising, and person-directed private psychotherapy practice informed by social justice principles. Dr Gávi is an internationally recognised researcher, educator, and policy consultant in health, human rights, and social justice. He received the American Psychological Association’s 2012 Transgender Research Award for his significant and original research contribution to the field as the primary author of the first published empirical article on cisgenderism. He also received the UK Higher Education Academy's 2011 National Psychology Postgraduate Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and the University of Surrey Vice Chancellor’s 2016 Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to policies and standards around international human rights and social justice. Dr Gávi’s published work on cisgenderism has been credited with initiating changes to the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) language policy. His diverse professional background includes university lecturing, crisis intervention team supervision, group facilitation, youth and family casework, leading a health research and policy unit for a national peak body, hospital-based psychosocial support, and community-based outreach. He continues to maintain a diverse international portfolio, including his work as Senior Research Consultant for Scotland’s Equality Network. Dr Gávi has over 15 years of experience in providing affirming, respectful, and culturally safe support to people one-on-one, with two or more partners (including triads and quads), with families from diverse cultures and faiths/beliefs, and with groups.


Dr Markie Twist is a licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor, clinical fellow and approved supervisor, and certified sexuality educator. Dr. Markie has over 70 journal publications, 12 book chapters, and has presented over 150 times in various venues. Dr. Markie is co-author of the books, The Couple and Family Technology Framework: Intimate Relationships in a Digital Age, and Focused Genograms: Attachment Focused Intergenerational Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families (2nd ed.). Dr. Markie also serves as the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy Virtual Issues Editor, and is an editorial board member for Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy: An International Forum and the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. In addition, Dr. Markie serves as faculty in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Markie also serves as faculty in the Human Development and Family Studies Department, and Marriage and Family Therapy Program, as well as the Program Coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Sex Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and as an Affiliate of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Imanadari Counselling - Glebe, Sydney

(Location details provided at booking)


Tuesday 6th June pm – 6:30pm – 8:30pm and Fee for this session only is $40.00/participant

“Developing Non-Cisgenderist Relational and Family Therapy Skills for Practice with People of Trans and/Non-Binary Gender Experience”

As more people of trans and/or non-binary experience express their genders, reports of systemic and interpersonal discrimination have increased (Beemyn, 2005; McKinney, 2005; Pusch, 2003). Most clinicians are unfamiliar with non-binary people’s needs, and gaps in inclusive counseling and health care for people of trans and/or non-binary experience have been identified (Ansara, 2010; 2012; Blumer, Ansara, & Watson, 2013). Cisgenderism (Ansara, 2010; 2012; Ansara & Hegarty, 2012; 2013) is the ideology that delegitimises people’s own understanding of their genders and bodies. Having a better understanding of the cisgenderism framework (Ansara, 2009; 2015) can improve care by providing a new approach to understanding forms of gender and body delegitimisation. There is currently limited professional dialogue about cisgenderism in professional practice, and advanced training opportunities are scarce. Areas covered in this training include the cisgenderism framework; how different forms of cisgenderism can manifest in clinical and counseling settings; the often-hidden forms of cisgenderism in both mainstream and feminist understandings of counseling practice and relationships and family therapy; negative effects of cisgenderism on families, family therapy, relationships, and the therapeutic alliance; difficulties related to diagnoses; and counselling micro-skills, strategies and insights for improving practice.


Wednesday 7th June 6:30 pm – 8:30pm Fee for this session only is $40.00/participant

“Developing Non-Monogamist Relational and Family Therapy Skills for Practice with People of Poly, Multi-Partnered, and Consensually Non-Monogamous Identities and/or Relational Systems”

As more people of consensually non-monogamous experiences, identities, and relational systems are out about their minoritised relational orientations, reports of institutional and personal discrimination have increased (Haupert, Gesselman, Moors, Fisher, & Garcia, 2016; Rubin, Moors, Matsick, Ziegler, & Conley, 2014). Most clinicians are unfamiliar with the relational needs of consensually non-monogamous folks, poly-identifying people, and people in multi-partnered relational systems, which means there are significant gaps in inclusive counseling and health care for people of these minoritised relational orientations and backgrounds (Schechinger, 2016). Monogamism is the dominant belief that monogamy is the only legitimate relational orientation (Blumer, Haym, Zimmerman, & Prouty, 2014). Having a better understanding of the monogamism framework can improve care by providing a new approach to understanding diverse forms of relational orientations, and delegitimised relational systems. There is currently limited professional dialogue about monogamism in professional practice, and advanced training opportunities are scarce. Areas covered in this training include the monogamism framework; how different forms of monogamism can manifest in clinical and counseling settings; the often-hidden forms of monogamism in both mainstream and feminist understandings of counseling practice and family therapy; negative effects of monogamism on families, family therapy, relationships, and the therapeutic alliance; and counselling micro-skills, strategies, and insights for improving practice.


Sunday 11th June 3:30pm – 5:30pm Fee for this session only is $40.00/participant

“Developing Non-Vanillaist Relational and Family Therapy Skills for Practice with People of Kink, BDSM, and/or Minoritised Erotic Orientations, Identities, and/or Relational Systems”

As more people of kink identities, and participants in kink/BDSM activities, and relational systems are out about their minoritised erotic orientations, reports of institutional and personal discrimination have increased (Bezreh, Weinberg, & Edgar, 2012). Most clinicians are unfamiliar with the relational needs of kinky folks, BDSM participants, and those in kink/BDSM relational systems, which means there are significant gaps in inclusive counseling and health care for people of these minoritised erotic orientations and experiences (Aaron, Pitagora, Twist, & Twist, 2016; Nichols, 2006). Vanillaism is the dominant belief that having vanilla (non-BDSM, non-kinky) erotic engagement is the only legitimate form of erotic practice and the only mentally healthy relational orientation. Having a better understanding of the vanillaism framework can improve care by providing a new approach to understanding diverse forms of erotic orientations and kink/BDSM relational systems. There is currently limited professional dialogue about vanillaism in professional practice, and advanced training opportunities are scarce. Areas covered in this training include the vanillaism framework; how different forms of vanillaism can manifest in clinical and counseling settings; the often-hidden forms of vanillaism in both mainstream and feminist understandings of counseling practice and family therapy; negative effects of vanillaism on families, family therapy, relationships, and the therapeutic alliance; difficulties related to diagnoses; and the counselling micro-skills, strategies, and insights for improving practice.


Fee for all 3 trainings is $100.00/participant


Mental, relational, and sexual health providers are eligible for a total of 6 continuing education units for completion of all three trainings or 2 continuing education units per completion of each training. Continuing education units approved and provided by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).


Additional information about Dr. Gávi & Dr. Markie is available at ansarapsychotherapy.com, http://www.imanadari.com/our-people, ansaraonline.com, and https://drmarkie.com/


Please RSVP by June 1st, 2017 as space is limited.

Please direct questions to Dr. Gávi at [email protected]