The Ellesmere Centre for Psychotherapy & Training

Diversity and Equalities Policy

The Ellesmere Centre promotes an active engagement with difference and therefore seeks to provide a framework for the professions of psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic counselling that allows competing and diverse ideas and perspectives on what it means to be human to be considered, respected and valued.

The Ellesmere Centre is committed to addressing issues of prejudice and discrimination in relation to the mental well being, political belief, gender and gender identity, sexual preference or orientation, disability, marital or partnership status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, heritage identity, religious or spiritual identity, age or socio-economic class of individuals and groups.

The Ellesmere Centre keeps its policies and procedures under review in order to ensure that the realities of discrimination, exclusion, oppression and alienation that may form part of the experience of its registrants as well as of their clients are addressed appropriately. The Equalities and Diversity Chair along with members are responsible for compliance achieved through engagement with students, staff and clients. There is a healthy culture of high challenge and high support in line with the philosophy of the Ellesmere Centre.

The Ellesmere Centre seeks to ensure that the practice of psychotherapeutic counselling and psychotherapy is utilised in the service of the celebration of human difference and diversity, and that at no time is it used as a means of coercion or oppression of any group or individual.

The Ellesmere Centre is committed to the encouragement of equality and diversity among our workforce, with regard to the psychological therapy we provide to the public and in the way we educate and train our students.  We are also committed to the elimination of any form of discrimination, including harassment or bullying, on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion and age.  Every individual has the right to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect. We recognise that there are processes inherent in any organisation, including our own, which can operate against this intention.  We acknowledge that we need to continually re-examine our policies and practices to ensure that our best intentions are realised.  

Our aim is to support a centre that is truly representative of all sections of society, with each student and staff member respected and able to give of their best.   A further purpose is to overcome potential barriers to clients who seek our services by demonstrating through our diverse workforce that we represent and value all sections of our society.  We wish to be a good role model for our students and trainees, demonstrating to them through our actions, practices and relations that we value and encourage diversity and promote equality.

We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. Students and staff are required to take responsibility for ensuring that the Equality and Diversity Policy is implemented consistently within their area of responsibility.

Any member of the Ellesmere Community who believes themselves to have been unfairly treated has access to the Equality and Diversity group members and they will be listened to, respected and action explored to meet individuals needs alongside the legal obligation to the equality act 2010 to meet organisational obligations.

It is a serious matter for a member of staff or a student to treat another member of staff or a student in a way, which transgresses the Equality and Diversity Policy.   In respect of accusations of discrimination the Ellesmere Centre will fulfil its legal obligations with regard to any behaviour, which may be unlawful.

We will ensure that all staff and students are aware of the Equality and Diversity Policy at induction and in training and through meetings. Equality and Diversity issues will be identified through our performance management and appraisal procedures and the training that is made available to students.

We will keep up to date records of the diversity of our employees and students and will monitor this to identify under-represented groups.  It is our policy to monitor the makeup of our workforce and students against that of our clients and the local population and to take action where we can to ensure that our workforce and our clients are more representative of local communities.

Employees and students who are or who become disabled in the course of their employment are encouraged to inform the organisation about their disability and any reasonable adjustments to their employment or working conditions which they consider to be necessary or which they consider would assist them in the performance of their duties.  Careful consideration will be given to any proposals of this nature and, where reasonable, any practicable adjustments will be made.  There may however be some circumstances where it would not be reasonable for the organisation to accommodate a proposal.

It is our intention to provide equally good client experience and outcome for all clients and to respond to inquiries from the public professionally and fairly so that all those who can benefit from our help are able to make positive choices.

The Ellesmere Centre applies the same principles to our relationship with students and trainees.  We provide high quality education and training, including professional training for Psychotherapeutic Counsellors and Psychotherapists.  It is our intention to train people to:

  • Understand equalities and diversity issues in ways that reflect the requirements of current legislation
  • Value diversity and equal treatment
  • Embed diversity and equality principles in their practice
  • Demonstrate their commitment to diversity and equality in their behaviour.

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Last reviewed: November 2019