Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. 

In modern society, the concept of human diversity has become an integral aspect of people’s daily lives. It plays a key role in the formation of individuals identity, world view and the way they relate to others. The diversification of society has influenced the counselling profession in relation to services, methods, practitioners and clients. The face of counselling has shifted over the years to now encompass people from all parts of society.

Here at Citizen this is reflected in the wide range of styles, approach, theoretical positions, languages, and backgrounds of our associates. It is this vivid environment, that is the driving force behind this conference based on “Diversity in Counselling”. This will provide a platform for counselling researchers and practitioners to come together, to present, discuss and exchange ideas around important themes. Based on the value sharing our different lived experiences, cultures, languages, beliefs, background and world views. With a focus around how this impacts the way we work as practitioners, the clients we work with, and both ours and their experiences of therapy. We are all unique and as counsellors it is important that we are able and feel comfortable with identifying differences, accepting them and being able to work with them.

The conference is a one day event and is structured with strands made up of specialism presentations, research papers, posters, networking opportunities and exhibitors. The final programme will be announced in September 2019 so you can plan your conference experience before the day. All delegates will receive a CPD Certificate following attendance at the conference. 

The conference will be held: 

Friday 1st November 2019; 9:00am – 5:30pm

The Old Library, Zellig, Gibb Street, Birmingham, B9 4AA 


The Venue is located opposite the ‘Zellig Building’, of the Custard Factory in Digbeth, Birmingham – a complex of offices within one of the former buildings of the Birds Custard Factory. It is located just off the B4100 Digbeth High Street in the centre of Birmingham, roughly an 8‐10-minute walk from Birmingham New Street Railway Station and Birmingham’s Digbeth Coach Station – with car parking space (Pay & Display) nearby. 


Citizen Conference is committed to diversity, inclusion and accessibility in everything we do. We affirm the principle that our meetings, communications, and other activities shall be accessible to any and all persons, and will make every reasonable effort to accommodate their needs for attendance and participation. Should you require any alterations please contact us on [email protected]. 

*There will be two Fully Qualified British Sign Language Interpreters for the full day, to facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing delegates and presenters.