Training for Professionals


List of people who offer Training
in Sex, Relationships and Disability
to Professionals

Dr Petra Boynton practical training and support sessions for practitioners,
journalists, teenagers and parents to communicate sex and relationships messages.
Department of Primary Care and Population Health, Whittington Campus, Level 4,
Holborn Union Building, Highgate Hill, London N19 5LW. 0207 288 3325.
p.boynton@pcps.ucl.ac.uk.

Lorna Couldrick Senior Lecturer School of Health Professions, University of
Brighton. Offers training on sex and disability under the auspices of the University, to
develop a CPD day and MSc module. University of Brighton, 49 Darley Road,
Eastbourne, East Sussex  BN20 7UR.  01273 642969, couldrick@btinternet.com

Zoe Grace Cozens runs Leapfrog Training, training staff working with people with
intellectual, physical and sensory impairments, dementia or safeguarding issues. She
rewrote Norfolk County Council’s policy on Personal Relationships and Sexuality for
People with a Learning Difficulty, and Zoe Grace was Norfolk’s Vulnerable Adults
Protection Co~ordinator. All her training balances the rights and empowerment of
service users with an awareness of safeguarding issues. Staff courses can be
offered anywhere in the country, including Training the Trainers courses. The Old
Manor House, 17 Old Market Place, Harleston,, Norfolk IP20 9BE. 01379 854575,
07813035763 www.leapfrogtraining.co.ukzoeleapfrog@btinternet.com

Michelle Donald Relate-trained, spinal-injured sex therapist currently promoting sex
education of spinal injured patients in spinal units through training. 07967 028 044
michelledonald@gofast.co.uk.

More about Michelle

fpa provide day training courses in sex and learning disabilities, autism and the law.
Helen Shipley 0845 122 8661. helens@fpa.org.uk

John Gillett trains professionals and disabled people in sexuality and spinal injury.
5 Hutton Road, Preston, Paignton, Devon TQ3 1BN 01803 556973 ,07887 525 159,
johnpgillett@aol.com

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Sam Hancock works with disabled young people around their issues of relationships
and sexuality and uses this to inform training with front-line professionals on
“effectively working with young disabled people on Relationships and Sexuality’
issues. Sam.Hancock@kids.org.uk

Alison John disabled fpa and independent consultant & trainer. Offers a number of
courses, to enable Early Years Service providers, Educators and Care
establishments to achieve successful outcomes for Disabled Children and Adults
01633 663587 www.alisonjohn.com www.openingpotential.com

Simon Parritt disabled psychosexual relationship therapist who sees disabled clients
and trains medical students and the whole range of practitioners in sex and disability.
Based in South London. 020 8542 2994 07961 531 009. Simon.parritt@talktalk.net

People First Nation-wide training for professionals and groups who work with
disabled people with learning difficulties and want to improve their communication
skills and work practices. Also train groups on self advocacy, sexuality, disability
equality and more. Unit 3.46 Canterbury Court, Kennington Park Business Centre, 1-
3 Brixton Road, London SW9 6DE. 020 7820 6655, general@peoplefirstltd.com,

Respond Respond’s training is drawn from many years experience of providing
psychotherapy to people with learning disabilities who have experienced trauma.
Training courses are delivered by our psychotherapists who are also skilled trainers
and many of whom have published in their own field of expertise.  Courses can also
be tailor-made to your organisation’s needs. 020 7874 5481 admin@respond.org.uk.

Dave Thompson MBE DL, Spinal injured trainer in sex, relationships and disability.
Inclusion & Partnerships, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust, Hollins Lane, Winwick,
Warrington, Cheshire WA2 8WA. 01925 664064. dave.thompson@5bp.nhs.uk

SENSE training in sex and relationships for professionals working with deaf-blind
men and women. 101 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9LG.  0845 127 0060
Textphone: 0845 127 0062 info@sense.org.uk

Nicki Ward Abel trains MS nurses in MS and sexuality. Lecturer Practitioner in
Multiple Sclerosis, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham & University of Central
England. Bevan House, University of Central England, Westbourne Road,
Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TN. Nicki.Ward@uce.ac.uk

Sex Education Forum training and leaflets on sex and learning disability National
Children’s Bureau 8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7QE www.ncb.org.uk

‘(Sex)abeled: Disability Uncensored’ University of California’s Disabled Student’s
Union’s film about sex and disability. The film is free to view online, although it’s
possible to order a DVD of this which might be useful for training purposes.  The link
also has useful questions and resources:
http://www.sexsmartfilms.com/free-videos/sex-abled-disability-uncensored

This list is updated on the SHADA website www.shada.org.uk