Training For Organisations

Training For Organisations


Devon Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Services are pleased to offer specialist training to a wide range of professionals, statutory and voluntary sector workers as well as counsellors, therapists and front line practitioners.

All of the training is informed by our good working practice and many years’ experience providing specialist sexual violence services.

All of our trainers are professionally qualified and use a variety of training methods including small and large group activities and case study work. We are fully inclusive and actively encourage a safe training environment for questions and discussion.

Your feedback and evaluation is welcomed and used to shape our practice and future training events. Hand-outs and information plus other supporting material will be provided. For all training that is not accredited, a certificate of attendance will be issued to delegates for CPD purposes.

I thought this was an excellent session—very informative and thought-provoking.
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Understanding and Working with Sexual Violence

Look at the causes and consequences of sexual violence, its impacts and gain practical skills to support survivors.

Sexual Violence InfographicThis specialist training looks at the far reaching consequences and impacts of sexual violence and how to support survivors face to face and over the telephone.

The training is designed for staff and volunteers working with survivors of sexual violence.



The training objectives;
  • increase knowledge of issues related to working with survivors of rape and sexual abuse;
  • gain practical skills to support clients by telephone and face-to-face;
  • learn about the legal system and how it relates to rape and sexual violence;
  • consider equality and diversity issues relating to survivors of sexual violence;
  • develop an awareness of coping strategies developed by survivors of sexual abuse.

Dealing with Disclosures

Increase the skills, knowledge and confidence of staff and volunteers who are supporting people who have experienced sexual violence and abuse.

Dealing With Disclosures Infographic

The focus for this training is on sexual violence, sexual abuse and rape disclosures. In particular the difficulties for adults to disclose childhood sexual abuse as well as sexual assault, rape and sexual violence. The impacts of sexual violence, for example PTSD and attachment difficulties, as well as different roads to recovery.
The training is a full day to allow plenty of room for discussion and questions as well as time for the participant’s confidence to grow along with their knowledge, awareness and resources.

The training aims to increase the skills, knowledge and confidence of staff and volunteers from statutory and third sector organisations who are supporting people who have experienced sexual violence and abuse.

The training objectives;
•To increase your knowledge about the incidence of sexual violence
•You will have a greater understanding of how the myths surrounding rape and sexual violence may impact on victims
•To increase your knowledge about the impacts of sexual violence on physical, mental and social wellbeing
•You will have a greater understanding of what specialist support is available, locally and nationally
•To increase your confidence in dealing with disclosures of sexual violence and abuse

Sexual Harassment in the workplace; Awareness and Prevention 

How to identify, respond to and prevent sexual harassment.

Harassment InfographicAmong women who have ever worked outside the home 41% have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

This specialist training is designed to support employers create a supportive workplace with a zero tolerance to sexual harassment.

This training is designed for policy makers and management.


The training objectives;

  • How to identify, respond to and prevent sexual harassment
  • Gain a better understanding the different forms of sexual harassment
  • More knowledge of the law surrounding sexual harassment
  • Understanding how sexual harassment impacts on productivity and wellbeing of the organisation and staff
  • How to create a culture and respect between colleagues

Vicarious Trauma

Understand what vicarious trauma means, identify the impacts, explore the strategies that we already have and use and where we can improve.

Self Care Infographic

Vicarious trauma occurs when we are exposed to difficult or disturbing information, for example when supporting trauma survivors.

This training is designed to support organisations and work forces to look after themselves and each other.

This course is suitable for all staff and volunteers who work with survivors of traumatic incidents or are exposed to material relating to trauma.

The training objectives;

• To gain an understanding of vicarious trauma and how and why it might impact on us
• To look at the potential effects of vicarious trauma
• To consider our own potential risk factors
• To develop strategies for taking care of ourselves and reducing the impact of and potential for vicarious trauma

Sex and Intimacy after Sexual Abuse with Dr Nina Burrowes

This is training we have run historically and is not available at present. 

Dr Nina Burrowes PhotographMany people who experience sexual violence struggle with their sexuality, intimacy and relationships afterwards. It is essential that those working to support survivors therapeutically feel confident in exploring the impact their experience has had on their sexual selves.

This course is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists, practitioners, workers and volunteers from statutory and third sector organisations who support people who have experienced sexual violence.

The training objectives;

  • Develop your understanding of how sexual violence impacts sex and intimacy.
  • Explore how and when to introduce the topic of sex into the therapeutic process.
  • Develop understanding of the psychology of sexual fantasy, desire and behaviour and how this may relate to your client's process.
  • Increase your confidence to share your experiences of supporting clients.
  • Explore when we get in the way - how our own relationship and experiences of sex and intimacy can be both an asset and a liability in our work with clients.

Managing Power, Control, Boundary and Attachment Dynamics when Working with Survivors of Abuse with Christiane Sanderson

This is training we have run historically and is not available at present. 

Christiane Sanderson Photograph

Learn to facilitate a more collaborative, non-hierarchical and relational approach in which survivors can truly heal, rather than being catapulted back into trauma dynamics.

This training is especially relevant for psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists.


The training objectives;

  • Look at the dehumanising impact of power and control on survivors of abuse
  • Explore the role of silence, secrecy, boundary violations and distortion of reality
  • Understand impact of complex trauma on attachment and relational difficulties, including the trauma bond and how this can manifest in the therapeutic relationship
  • Look at how to manage power and control dynamics in the therapeutic relationship
  • Attachment and the dual liability – where clients are unable to seek comfort from an attachment figure, who might also be the abuser
  • How to work with the fact that survivors of abuse experience relationships as dangerous and terrifying, rather than as sources of comfort
  • How we can create a safe, predictable and consistent therapeutic space to reverse the unpredictability and inconsistency associated with trauma
  • How we can facilitate a more collaborative, non-hierarchical and relationship approach through ‘being with’ rather than ‘doing to

Bespoke Training Packages

We are able to build bespoke training packages for organisations in order to meet your training needs. The training packages provided range from a full day of themed specialist topics or a 30 minute slot at your next Team Meeting discussing the services and support we offer in Devon.

We have expertise and extensive knowledge in first disclosures, trauma based models of support and therapy, exploring good practice and sharing tools and resources.

To talk about your individual training needs please contact us for more information.

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