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CPD Training

I have been a qualified teacher for the past 18 years and have taught everything from casual courses to encourage hard to reach groups back into education to delivering honours degree courses.

I aim for my training to be interesting and interactive as well as full of information to enhance your knowledge and skills

I offer training within organisations, from recognised training providers such as the road centre in Chester-Le-Street or can offer bespoke training for small groups aimed to address your needs.

My regular specialist training's are below, please feel free to contact me if you would like to arrange training for a group. Trainings last a day unless stated and a certificate of attendance will be provided.

An introduction to working with survivors of sexual abuse
  • What is child sexual abuse – definition and statistics

  • Common myths around sexual abuse

  • How to answer the “why me?” question

  • Typical client presentation following abuse

  • How to help your client discuss shame, blame and guilt.

  • How do we prevent re-traumatisation- Keeping your client safe in the room

  • Memory following abuse

  • Safeguarding

  • What is anger? Is it a bad thing?

  • Is anger a “human” problem or a “neurosis”?

  • Getting in touch with anger, understanding it’s  drivers

  • The angry client – their perception and thought processes within danger environments

  • Recognising triggers

  • Developing behavioural changes using a range of approaches

  • Prophylactic care – lifestyle, relaxation, life balance and support

Dealing with clients experiencing anger
Working creatively to give your client a voice
  • Why does working creatively work?

  • How do you introduce creative work?

  • Do I have to be creative to work creatively with clients?

  • Safety and boundaries when working creatively

  • Working with : river of life, stones/shells, Russian dolls

  • Record keeping when using creative work

Understanding sexual
  • Why do perpetrators abuse – cycles of abuse

  • Understanding the sex offender - paedophiles and rapists

  • How does our brain respond to trauma?

  • Physical manifestations of trauma

  • What is dissociation?

  • Working with a client who experienced sadistic perpetrators

Understanding dissociation and the body's reaction to sexual abuse 
  • How does the brain react to trauma?

  • The potential physical manifestations for the survivor

  • What is dissociation? – is it always the same? Are clients fooling us?

  • What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?

  • Working with the client who dissociates - depersonalisation, derealisation, and parts

What does it mean for a practising therapist?


  • What responsibilities did we have that will still continue?

  • The data protection act 2018 – what new responsibilities do we now have?

  • What does this mean for the therapist in private practice?

  • Do I have to register?

Working with clients who have experienced sexual violence or abuse in time limited sessions
  • How to discuss issues without the client retelling the experience

  • Client safety

  • Psycho-education – inform, reduce blame and shame, aid understanding and self-acceptance

  • Grounding techniques and mindfulness

  • The three phase approach.

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