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Skills For Working With Adult Survivors Of Sexual Abuse (2 days)

A practical two day course to enable delegates to develop effective practical skills for working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA).

How Do the Effects of Sexual Abuse Present Themselves in Adult Survivors?

Adult survivors will often present themselves with a range of problems other than having been abused. Equally important, delegates will learn if and how to raise the question of past abuse if it is not directly raised by the survivor as well as whether this should or should not be the focus of therapeutic work.

A New Strengths-Based Conceptual Framework for Working with CSA Survivors

Delegates will be presented with a challenging new strengths based model of the effects of CSA which provides a clearer pathway for assessment and intervention. It identifies and builds on what has worked for clients in managing the effects of abuse or alternatively what prevents deterioration of functioning in more extreme cases. As a result delegates along with their clients will be able to clarify options available for ongoing work.

CSA & Its Relationship with Other Mental Health Issues

Both symptom based and identity disturbance issues will be examined and the evidence base for practice will be explored. The relationship between CSA and a range of other issues will be addressed including:

  • Body image & weight issues
  • PTSD
  • Deliberate Self Harm
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Sexualised behaviour

Brief Strategic Approaches to CSA Survivor Work

The structure of therapeutic work with CSA survivors will be discussed with particular reference to priorities and optimal entry points (O.E.P) to maximise the effects of therapeutic interventions. Distinctions will be made between those areas of work that can draw on therapists’ generic skills and those that require specialist training and skill.

Emotional Responses to Working With Survivors

The worker's values and emotional responses to work in this area have implications both for the quality of help provided to clients as well as the emotional state of the worker. This course will provide an opportunity for exploring ways of managing these more constructively.

Participants on this course should also consider attending:

“I have really enjoyed the course. It will be very helpful to me in my paid work and voluntary work. I would recommend the course to anyone working with clients. I enjoyed the real life examples, most courses are just theory and you do not know if it works.”
R.MG., Client Liaison Officer, Scotland

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
B.A. (Oxon), M.Sc, M.Clin.Psychol., BABCP (Accred)

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. Having originally taken a degree in history at Oxford University, Paul chose to make Psychology his professional career and took an MSc degree in Psychology at Sussex University followed by training as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist including primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health and has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Paul has a particular interest in people motivation for change, resistance and reasons of why people do NOT change and currently focuses on practical applications of resource based therapies. He has presented and written on a range of psychological issues with particular emphasis on working with clients’ inner resources for overcoming problems.

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