November 2011 to February 2012, Issues of Sexual Violence: The Counseling Process course, Dublin

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Host: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, 70 Lower Lesson Street, Dublin 2
This course will run in six two day modules from November 2011 to February 2012 (see below for my more details)
All Day Event

An intensive 12 day in-service course for those working or beginning to work as counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to enhance their understanding and skills in working with issues of sexual violence.

The course will explore issues arising in working as a counsellor with adolescent and adult clients who have experienced child sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault.

Issues explored will include:

  • The impact of societal attitudes and beliefs on people who have experienced sexual violence
  • The impact of sexual abuse on the child, the adolescent   and the adult
  • The internalised attitudes of the counsellor/psychotherapist
  • The therapeutic process in working with sexual abuse
  • Guidelines for facilitating a disclosure of sexual abuse
  • Working with trauma and preventing re-traumatisation
  • Working with sexual abuse: the impact on the counsellor/psychotherapist
  • Creating safety: self-help skills for the client
  • Identifying and developing the resources of the client
  • Working with boundaries
  • Deepening the process: experiential work
  • Integration as part of the therapeutic process
  • The immediate and long-term impact of rape and sexual assault
  • Crisis intervention in the aftermath of rape and sexual assault
  • Medical and legal issues in the aftermath of rape and sexual assault
  • Counselling issues when working with rape
  • Sexual Harassment: Definition, Impact, Law, Procedures, Counselling Issues
  • Sexuality
  • The dynamics of abuse: issues for the counselling relationship
  • Finishing therapy
  • Vicarious traumatisation:   and self care strategies for the counsellor

The course, while including theoretical inputs, is participative and experiential in nature.   The sensitive nature of the issues being addressed and their capacity to resonate with participants is taken into account in the approach. The training methods include the use of video and audio materials, lectures, role-plays, experiential exercises, case studies and small group work.

This training is offered in the expectation that participants will have access to their own personal therapy should issues arise for them during the course.

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants.

This training programme is recognised for CPD purposes by the Irish Council for Psychotherapy.

The fee for the course is €1,750.

Please note that this course is intended for those with prior counselling training who are working in a counselling role, and focuses on the therapeutic process.   DRCC also holds workshops on issues of sexual violence for those in other roles.   Please contact us to enquire.

For further information and to book a place on the course, please contact Leonie O’Dowd, Head of Education and Training, at 01 6614911 or email