Clients & Training Integrators

Diploma in Diversity, Cultural Competence, Race & Anti-Discrimination Practice

+++ COMPLETE LIVE OR/AND ONLINE ON-DEMAND +++ A PROVEN... Standards based Core Competency training for Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Mental Health Practitioners, Coaches & Helping Professionals (NCPS Quality Approved)




(80-Hour NCPS-Checked CPD + Includes Live Day Recordings + On-Demand Video Lessons) 

2025 Cohort Update: Includes Specific Days on Neurodivergence and Class (Lived Experience-Led Training) + Peer Group Process




(Click title for full course outline)

2025 COHORT Live Date

Times 10am to 4.30pm + 30mins Aftercare unless stated otherwise

2024 Live Date

Times 10am to 4.30pm + 30mins Aftercare unless stated otherwise

Day 1: Contemporary Cultural Competence in Therapeutic Practice  

Sat 25th Jan 25

(Playback Available)

Sat 27th Jan 24

(Playback Available)

Day 2: Working with Difference & Diversity using Anti-Oppressive Practice & Intersectional Foundations (DD&A)

Sat 22nd Feb 25

(Playback Available)

Sat 24th Feb 24 

(Playback Available)

Day 3*: Group Work 1 

Small Peer Group

Intersectional Identity, Marginalisation & Adversity  Group Process

 Begins (Min 8-hours)

Small Group Cohort Led -  Meeting March to June 

Times mutually agreed upon by group


Small Group Cohort Led -  Meeting March to June 24

Times mutually agreed upon by group

Day 3*: Group Work 2
Small Peer Group 
Client Case and Reflection Exercises  (Min 8- Hours) 
Note*: Day 3 is actually around two days based on small group needs 

Small Group Cohort Led -  Meeting March to June 
Times mutually agreed upon by group

Small Group Cohort Led -  Meeting March to June 24
Times mutually agreed upon by group

Day 4: Embedding Difference, Diversity, and Marginalisation in Self & Therapeutic Practice 

Sat March 29th 25 

(Playback Available)

Sat March 23rd 24 

(Playback Available)

Day 5: Gender and Gender Diversity in Therapeutic Practice

Sat 5th April 25
(Playback Available)

Sat 13th April 24
(Playback Available)

Day 6: Working with Class & Social Position in Therapy 

Sat 12th April 25

(Playback Available)

Sat 20th April 24
 ** NEW FOR 2024 **

(Playback Available)

Day 7: Understanding & Working with Neurodivergence 101


Sat 26th April 25

(Playback Available)

Note: 3.30pm to 4.30pm is unrecorded supervision

Sat 27th April 24
 **NEW FOR 2024 **

(Playback Available)

Note: 3.30pm to 4.30pm is unrecorded supervision

Day 8: Working with Race-Based Trauma and Stress 

Sat May 31st 25 /

(Playback Available)

Sat May 18th 24 /

(Playback Available)

Day 9: Race Process Group  (Group Work 3 Instructor Led)

Sat 28th June 25 /

9.30am to 5pm

Sat 29th June 24 /

9.30am to 5pm

Optional: Case Study & Panel Assessment ( additional fee applies) 

Note: Not required to complete CPD Diploma

Optional - Agreed on a case-by-case basis

 Optional - Agreed on a case-by-case basis

 Dear colleagues and friends,

Over the last three years we have been thrilled by the turnout to our core competence training on Diversity, Culture, Race and Anti-Discrimination Practice. Since that time, we have listened, learnt, and refined the training to produce a compact 80-hour Live Workshop centered foundational course we can be proud of. This course has been designed for individual psychological practitioners – such as psychologists, IAPT therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, and helping professionals – This course is based on our intersectional diversity curriculum running at several training institutes who wish to integrate it within their core training (please enquire for options).

 The TADF Culture & Diversity 2.0 training model is inclusive of all clients. We acknowledge aspects such as difference, social-cultural factors, social identities, discrimination, cross-cultural/intersectional identity relationships, group trauma, intersectional & identity development, acculturation effects, worldviews, acculturation, cultural conflicts, and meaning, whether spiritual or not. These are psychologically relevant to ALL, including 'normative' identities such as men.

By committing and challenging yourself to do this work, you will be contributing to providing equality in psychological service* and closing the disparities in mental health outcomes for non-dominant diverse groups including People of the Global Majority** (PGM), Protected Characteristics, Class, Neurodivergent, Mixed, White Other Ethnicities & Nationalities*.

 We work to create an anti-blame/shame learning environment. Our ethos is relational, process-driven, and reflective. We will endeavour to provide affordability options for all. 

 If you have any questions, please contact. We look forward to welcoming you to our training and community soon.


Mamood (UKCP Psych.) & Sam (MBACP Reg.)
* Such as Mercer (2018), NHS Race & Health Observatory, Chang and Berk, 2009; Faheem, 2023; Reeve, 2000; Televantos and Strauss, 2022; Wendt et al., 2015).

**PGM Such as people of African, African-Caribbean, South Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern & Latin descent




Email: [email protected]
Enquiries & Bookings: 01344 723151
Twitter: @tadffocus

This training course is NCPS CPD Quality approved

This foundation diploma is Quality Checked by the NCPS. This course alone is not a route to the Accredited Register, nor does it fully equip a graduate to practice as a qualified counsellor. 

Course Description

This certificate training consists of eight days of live online training plus small peer-to-peer group exercises and on-demand video lessons to support learning.

Day 1: Contemporary Cultural Competence for Therapeutic Practice

“All relationships are cross-cultural relationships. We differ by our contexts, beliefs, worldviews, and geographically situated socio-cultural lived experiences.”

This training will help you develop awareness, knowledge, and skills in working relative to the client’s cultural context(s)*, identity, belief systems, worldviews, and conflicts of acculturation. This training will move you towards a deeper and more empathic understanding of clients’ difficulties relative to their lived cultural experiences. As research has shown that therapists' awareness of their own cultural identity mediates client outcomes, this training will guide you through experiential exercises to help you reflect on your own cultural context(s), identity, worldview, and conflicts and develop skills in developing cross-cultural relationships. You will have the opportunity to apply your learning interactively and in small group sessions in preparation for therapeutic practice. 

This foundation training will form the basis for working in a socially conscious manner, such as with the effects of cultural normativity, when working with the identity, variation, and marginalisation experiences of clients.

*Cultural contexts such as geographical, continental, social,  and group identities, national, group, family, work, and the psychological effects of displacement, movement, and acculturation within the dominant society

Day 2: Working with Difference, Diversity & Equity using Anti-Oppressive Practice & Intersectional Foundations (DD&A)

Difference, Diversity using Anti-oppressive practice (DD&A) considers the social context, intersectional identity, otherness, and empowerment aspects of working with difference, especially for clients who occupy diverse intersectional identities including gender, sexuality, trans, race, culture, disability, neurodivergence, religion, nationality, and class. This training will help you towards integrating DD&A foundations as standard practice for all clients. You will develop the foundational knowledge, awareness, and skills in relation to working with diverse identities including current socio-cultural challenges, impact on mental health, psychological theories, and structural and theoretical concepts in relation to marginalisation. We will then explore the implications of practice which describe common building blocks we must understand and instill in our practice that can be applied to all client work.

Day 3: Client Case and Peer Supervision Exercise 
 (Peer Group Led

You will meet in small groups to consolidate the knowledge you have learned so far using a guided case study for reflection (self and client).

There will also be a peer to peer led short intersectional group encounter group.

Day 4: Embedding Difference, Diversity & Marginalisation in Therapeutic Practice

This training will walk through our common tools (13) that emerge from theories and theorists of difference and diversity which can be applied practically for all client work and in your own self-development. These exercises, reflections, and case examples are designed to move you towards embedding difference, diversity, and inclusion as standard in self, therapy, and your profession.

We explore theories, structural narratives (psycho-social-structural), identity development, working with experiences of marginalisation, inter-identity relationships, power dynamics, cocreated helping, group trauma, worldviews, justice, allyship and empowerment action, and factors associated with negative and harmful experiences that recreate exclusion and marginalisation. By being able to apply these tools and skills you will develop foundational knowledge and practical skills in building a more just, inclusive, complete, and ever-improving psychological practice, whether working with clients and their experiences of otherness, marginalisation, and exclusion, within the therapeutic practice of one or within a mental health organisation.

Day 5: Gender and Gender Diversity in Therapeutic Practice

This one day workshop is for any practitioner interested in meeting the needs of transgender non-binary, queer and questioning people in their practice, and for any practitioner working with gender in the therapy room: this means everyone!

Incorporating reflexive exercises, group discussions, up-to-date terminology and international best practice, this course will increase your knowledge and confidence in working alongside gender diverse clients, and in addressing the impact of gender in all your client work.

Themes include:
• Understanding the differences between gender, sex and sexuality
• Introducing up-to-date terminology, language and key terms around gender diversity
• Current socio-political context; locating gender diverse experiences in wider systems
• Common presenting issues and themes for trans and non-binary clients
• International best practice

Day 6  : Class and Positionality - Trainer with Lived Experience Led (4 Hour)

This course explores the intersection of class and social position in the context of therapeutic practice. It aims to equip mental health professionals with the knowledge, skills, and sensitivity necessary to address the impact of class and social dynamics on the therapeutic process.

Participants will critically examine the ways in which class and social position influence individuals’ experiences, identities, and mental health outcomes. They will explore the systemic factors that contribute to class disparities and inequalities, including economic structures, education, employment, and access to resources.

Day 7 : Neurodivergence in Therapeutic Practice - Trainer with Lived Experience Led (4-Hour)

Neurodiversity 101 is an introductory training course covering understanding key principles of neurodiversity and working neuro-affirmatively in mental health and counselling practice. Practitioners with lived and professional experience as neurodivergent therapists deliver it. The course is interactive, with plenty of opportunities to learn through peer discussion and practical, thought provoking activities, and ideas for practitioners to implement in their own practice/service.  

This workshop is all about working therapeutically with adult ADHD. It’s led by therapeutic practitioner, Liz Smith, who has extensive experience working with ADHD in the therapy room. Led by mixed bag of neuro-spiceyness, including ADHD, Dyspraxia & Dyscalculia.

The workshop will be part taught and part experiential, using breakout groups to explore our own experiences and to learn from one another. Please be prepared to participate in discussions.

Day 8: Working with Race-Based Stress and Trauma*

This training day will help you work with clients’ experiences* of racism, racial stress, racial trauma, and intergenerational racial trauma. This training will give you a deeper understanding and equip you with the expert strategies and skills you will need to help clients narrate, heal, and empower from within their wounds of racial stress and trauma. The ubiquitous nature of the race construct is explored as an overarching theme of human (thus client) difficulties.

Day 9: Race Process group* - Includes White/PGM/Mixed/Other Spaces as needed (Not Recorded)

“I’m not going to trust you. Not until you can let me transform you” ~ m.a.

Group work is a crucial part of therapists’ racial and cultural identity self-development. This is a personal experiential encounter for you to meet the racial self/other and engage in personal dialogue. There is nothing required of you other than bring your “self” personally in sharing and responding to opinions, experiences, and feelings about race and how it intersects with other identities such as gender. Everyone will learn through experience and relationships rather than through study. In our experience, these encounters are powerful, and healing and have the potential for enormous shifts in racial awareness.

Please note access to supporting resources is recommended e.g., community, supervision, and therapy. We will provide aftercare if required.

*Client experiences on these days relate to People of the Global Majority (PoGM), such as people from African and Asian Diaspora as well as people of visible mixed race identities.

After live attendance and completion of Day 9, subject to observation, you can be listed on our therapist directory. 

DAY 10 (OPTIONAL): Case Study & Panel Assessment (Needed for Assessed Status) 

If you wish to gain assessed status for this course, you will need to submit a reflective case study and also attend a panel interview. The assessment is based on our evolving competency standards for anti-discrimination practice. Additional Fee applies.


Pricing options

You can pay one off or monthly. Please contact if affordability is an issue.

OnDemand Supporting Video Lessons

    1. Zoom link 27th Jan 24: Cultural Competence Day

    1. What is Race and Culture? Concepts, Aspects & Labels

    2. Embedding Race & Culture within Self and in Practice: What it takes to be Core Competent?

    3. Slides: The Therapists Path of Embedding Race & Culture within Self & Practice

    1. Part 1 - Intro and Concepts

    2. Part 2 - 2024 Exploring Socioculture

    3. Part 3 - 2024 Conceptualising Culture

    4. Part 4 - Role play group reflection

    5. Slides

    1. Part 1 : Concepts & Difference

    2. Part 2 : Concepts & Theory (2)

    3. Part 3 : Building Blocks for AOP

    4. Part 4 : Building Blocks & Self Development

    5. Attendee Slides

    1. ReadMe

    1. Embedded Practice: 14 tools part 1

    2. Embedded Practice: 14 Tools part 2

    3. Embedded Practice: 14 Tools & Systemic Harm part 3

    4. Part 4.1: Case Study Introduction

    5. Case Study [ Read now ]

    6. Embedded Practice: Case study Reflection : Skip forward: End part 4

    7. Embedded Practice Slides

About this course

  • 10 x £59.50
  • 80 Hours Total
  • 2 Hours Self-Assessment
  • CPD Certificate


Here is what our attendees are saying

“I thoroughly recommend this course to every therapist. I think it should be mandatory on our training journey and I am ever so happy and relieved that I have found it before I qualify. Sam and Mamood showed great care, professionalism and deep understanding of past, present and future of othering. They provided us with a safe and welcoming space to be authentic, to meet in our differences and to find the courage to look honestly at our personal biases and systemic assumptions too. They provided us with a vast amount of precious theory and finally with really good, practical suggestions on how to implement those learnings in our practice. ”

Sylwia Korsak

“I have learned a little more humility as regards how I come across as a white therapist. I really valued the feedback both yourself and Sam offered me about working with Black, Brown and clients of Colour. I need to watch for coming across as ‘a bit holier than thou’!….when attempting to own my whiteness. I learned more about the importance of sensitivity when bringing up racial differences and racism….. that there isn’t a right way necessarily…. but that openness and willingness to learn is key.”


“I appreciated the way the content was delivered and emerged in a timely and relevant way to meet the needs of the group. I also appreciated Mamood’s input was kept to a sensitive minimum, guiding direction without directing the discussion. This was a life changing course for me which enabled me to really and honestly address issues that I have avoided albeit unconsciously”

Jan Baker, Chair of Membership Services Committee UKATA

“The training was a brilliant experience. It was informative, insightful, and hugely valuable – both personally and professionally. I would most definitely recommend it to other therapists. ”

Emily McArthur

“The course was amazing. I have become more aware of my learnt internal racism and am finally tuning in to what affects those of diverse heritage. I am losing friends as a result but I am comfortable with that. My white goggles are coming off finally. I do have much more learning to do ”

Janice M

“I have developed more confidence in challenging my white colleagues, for example if they are expressing their colour-blindness or possibly not seeing the bigger picture (e.g. systemic racism ). The reality of being white and privileged is dawning on me much more and it feels like a painful and necessary shift. ”


You Instructors

Main Instructors: Sam Jamal, Mamood Ahmad & Specialised Instructors: Liz Smith and Ellis J. Johnson

Sam Jamal

TADF Instructor (Workshop Lead)

Sam is a BACP (MBACP) therapist, trainer, group therapist, and co-lead of The Anti-Discrimination Foundation (TADF). She specialises in working with abuse, race, culture, sexuality, trauma, relationships, and group work. She has two decades of experience working within the youth services, where she dedicated herself working with gangs, young offenders, the vulnerable, and exploited young people. She professionally qualified with a degree in person-centred counselling at the Metanoia Institute for counselling and psychotherapy.

Mamood Ahmad

TADF Instuctor

Mamood Ahmad (he/him) is a UKCP Psychotherapist and an Accredited Professional Registrant (PNCPS Acc.) of the NCPS. Mamood is a UKCP psychotherapist, trainer, author and founder of The Anti-Discrimination Foundation (TADF) which provides diversity and anti-discrimination focused consultancy and training services to training institutes and individuals. He is an expert in Anti-Discrimination practice, Trauma, Race, Culture and Intersectional Diversity. He holds a private practice in Binfield, Berkshire since 2012. He is a lifelong dedicated practitioner of Wing Chun Martial Arts. Twitter: @ahmad_mamood. Web: He holds a private practice in the village of Binfield, Berkshire.

Liz Smith

TADF Neurodivergence Training Instructor

Liz Smith (she/her) is an integrative psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, trainer and lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy. Director of Free2BMe, specialists in neurodiversity training and support for counsellors and therapists working with neurodivergent client populations. Specialist in working with late identified neurodivergent adults.


#TADF Launch Video with Rory Lees-Oakes

What to expect when you enrol

This training consists of 8 Days of Online training plus peer to peer group work as well as online video lessons. Accomodations are available if needed to complete the certificate without groupwork.

  • Live Online Training Days

  • Peer to Peer Group Work

  • Recordings available for catchup

  • Directory Listing on Completion

More About the course

This Diversity, Culture, Race and Anti-discriminatory practice core competence training is for ALL trainees and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and psychological professionals. It is based on identity and cultural development theory, client experiences, research and experiential learning, as well as a specific training approach refined over 24-months of delivery. The couse is Quality CPD Checked by the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS).

The training is self-certified as being compliant. and therefore includes awareness, knowledge and skills, according to the following standards:

Race, culture and antidiscrimination core competence framework for therapists (TADF)

Positive Practice Guide (BABCP) including IAPT

Develop foundational knowledge and skills applicable to ALL therapists and clients including

Human Diversity and Non-Dominant Diversity

Cultural Competence (Awareness)

Anti-Oppressive Practice (Structural Awareness)

Diverse Intersectional Groups and Common & Differential Factors

Racial-Cultural Identity

Developing Racial-Cultural Relationships

Racial-Cultural Discrimination

Racial Trauma and Intergenerational Trauma

Cultural Contexts, Personal Worldviews and Acculturation Conflicts


  • What does the course consist of?

    It consists of eight training days plus 2 days of peer peer group work plus supporting video lessons. You can complete an assessment if you wish (paid extra) for TADF assessed status.

  • When are the Live sessions?

    See the main course description. You will get a zoom invite a few days prior. All sessions are recorded except for group work day, live day breakouts, and day peer-to-peer work which you complete in own time with small groups.

  • I dont want to complete the whole course. Can i select the day i wish to join?

    Sometimes you just pay for the day. Except for process group sessions such as race process group.

  • What form does the assessment take?

    There is no formal assessment unless you complete the separate formal assessment option. However, since we want to ensure you are a safe, ethical therapist our trainers will only list you on the directory if we feel you have developed enough for safe practice. In this case feedback can be given for further development on request.

  • Is this training suitable for helping professionals and trainee psychological practitioners e.g. trainee counsellors?

    Yes, this training is designed to fill a gap within initial trainings. We have a number of training providers who are integrating this modular course into their curriculum. For helping professionals you will gain a lot from this course. So yes. But please check the description or email if you're unsure. We do talk more about inner work of individual which could be relevent (for yourself too) but may not necessarily be applicable.

  • Why is the training spaced out over months?

    Based on experience people typically need space to learn, absorb, reflect and apply learnings.

  • I have a question and need help with aspects of training. What do i do?

    If you need further support you may email us.

  • What are the day session timings?

    Unless stated otherwise timings are from 10am to 4.30pm. Group process day runs usually runs from 9.30pm to 5pm.

  • Im a previous student and want an update?

    We endeavour to make the training modular so any updates are for specific days. For costs please inquire. Note: Pre-2023 students are required to complete the whole course again due to significant change. Enquire for options.

Receive #TADF Updates

Thank You

What to Expect

Navigation and attending sessions