Self Esteem and Gender Identity Student Workshop (KS3 & KS4)


In a 2014 study, the three most common difficulties encountered in the daily lives of young people with features of gender dysphoria were bullying (47%), low mood/depression (42%) and self-harming behaviours (39%).

This 2 hour workshop invites KS3 & KS4 students to learn about concepts of gender identity, how this might impact student’s wellbeing and to provide a space to reflect on their own personal identity in a positive and nurturing way. The workshop will consist of educational games, art-making and reflective discussions, with an emphasis on building upon students existing strengths and enhancing self-esteem, both individually and as a group.

Integral aims of providing this learning space will be to increase student’s wellbeing and build their resilience, through the facilitation of carefully selected creative exercises with an emphasis on team building and exploration of self. It will provide reflective learning tools to support students to think more critically about the diverse topic of gender, and will be framed to work creatively to provide a fun, safe and inclusive workshop. It may also offer the opportunity to identify individual students who may require further psychological wellbeing support in the area of self-esteem, gender and sexuality.


  • Promotes emotional wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence.
  • Encourages critical thinking.
  • Empowers young people to nurture their natural abilities.
  • Enhances social and communication skills through team building.
  • Provides learning tools to support students to learn about the diversity of gender.
  • Provides a creative, safe and inclusive space for young people.
  • Identify potential for further psychological support for individual students.

This workshop will be of benefit to all KS3 and KS4 students and will enhance curriculum based PSHE education. 

Teaching staff do not need to be present for the duration as it will be facilitated by two highly skilled therapeutic practitioners and educators with extensive combined experience of working with schools and young people.

Workshop Facilitators

Mary Stephanou

Art Psychotherapist, Creative Expressive Therapies Practitioner, Lecturer, Artist and Activist. Mary’s areas of interest which interweave across her roles include: intersectionality, inclusion & diversity, race, class, gender & sexuality and oppression as trauma.

Em Desouza

Expressive Arts and Education & Learning Facilitator, Poet, Artist and Reiki Practitioner. Her focus is around empowerment & transformation through redefining ideologies surrounding ethnicity, gender & sexuality.


– Thursday 27th September 

– Thursday 4th October

– Thursday 15th November 

– Thursday 29th November

 *More dates available on request


Contact Keren Adler | 07807753574 | [email protected]
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