Therapeutic intervention:
healing and recovery after abuse

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Why choose this course?

  • in an ideal world, where it was accepted, victims of abuse would all be offered long term therapy after abuse
  • in reality, it is mostly practitioners at a number of levels who need to offer that support, even when therapy is possible
  • this is an opportunity for staff to strengthen the skills they already have and to gain reassurance regarding their current practice
  • supporting a user of the service who has been, and still is, at risk of, being abused is stressful for all workers concerned. It will sometimes trigger a stress induced response in staff resulting in a loss of professional confidence and a need for sick leave
  • positive results ~ practitioners, users of the service and family members can understand their feelings and start to make sense of their grief responses in order to move forward

Length of course: 2 days 9.30 – 4.00

Expected outcomes: by the end of this course staff will be able to

  • have identified a range of responses to abuse, including their own
  • change their own behaviour so that it helps instead of hindering the healing process
  • recognise models of sensitive authority v disempowerment and evaluate their own practice
  • discuss how to sensitively work with people’s vulnerabilities and taboos
  • balance normalisation and validation of trauma
  • set the experience of victim-hood within the context of personal beliefs
  • understand the stages of grief and how these are affected by insecure and secure attachments
  • look at the axis of personality strengths and weaknesses to better offer accessible support
  • work with a person’s own resilience, recovery and support mechanisms
  • examine non verbal expression through touch and intention
  • offer a model of living which goes beyond victim-hood into strength

Nature of training:

Maximum of 12 per course due to the in-depth nature of the subject matter. The course will be interactive and experiential. Exercises will range from lecture style input to discussion, small group work and sharing in pairs.

There will be an expectation that participants will have already completed a Basic Awareness course in Adult protection or safeguarding, if not an Advanced Skills course, and will have some knowledge of local policy and procedure.

Hand outs will be provided to reinforce all theoretical input.Some exercises will be done in pairs non verbally.
Discussion with managers before hand regarding on going support provided by the organisation will be required if any of the participants are particularly vulnerable.

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