Please note:  All education and training sessions have been cancelled during the crisis period. Those scheduled to attend have been contacted. If you have any enquiry about future education or training, please contact

BodyRight Facilitator Training Programme

This training is provided on an ongoing basis. 

  1. Thursday 5th & Friday 6th March and Thursday 26th & Friday 27th March, 2020* 

The DRCC invites experienced professionals working with young people including Youthreach, youth work and residential care staff to attend a training programme which will equip them to facilitate the DRCC BodyRight programme with young people

  • This training is participative and experiential. It is expected that in addition to equipping participants to use the programme with young people, it will also be relevant to and support them in other aspects of their role.
  • Trained facilitators will be offered support and mentoring from the DRCC as they begin to deliver the programme in their own setting.
  • The BodyRight  programme is the subject of an independent evaluation in 2018, and participants are asked to provide feedback on the training and on their use of the programme to support this evaluation.
  • The aim of the BodyRight programme is to raise awareness as to what constitutes sexual violence, to inform young people concerning the facts, the law, the meaning of consent and the impact of sexual violence.  It provides a space where young people can, in a non-threatening environment, explore their own and others’ attitudes and behaviours with regard to sexual violence.

BodyRight is supported by funding provided by Cosc, The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual  and Gender-based Violence.

Download Application Form  March 2020

Continuing Professional Development – Issues in Sexual Violence: the Counselling Process 2020/2021

This course will run for twelve days in six two day modules on Wednesdays and Thursdays from November 2020 to February 2021 from 9.30 to 4.30 each day.

Dates:  4th & 5th November 2020, 25th & 26th November 2020, 16th & 17th December 2020, 13 & 14th January 2021, 3rd & 4th February 2021, 24th & 25th February 2021

This in-depth 12 day programme is provided for counsellors and psychotherapists or those offering in-depth support who wish to enhance their understanding and skills in working with adolescent and adult clients who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. It is run in six two day modules on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The programme is designed to validate, enhance and develop the existing knowledge, understanding and skills of participants when working with these issues, and to allow those working in specialised areas, such as addiction, to feel equipped to deal with issues of sexual violence appropriately as they arise with their clients. The learning is relevant also to working with clients who have experienced other trauma.

The training programme is informed by trauma therapy, attachment theory, neurobiology, mindful self awareness, sensorimotor psychotherapy, body centred psychotherapy and other theories and methodologies. It is intended and taught as a practical in-service training focused very much on the work with the client.

There is a strong emphasis throughout the training on vicarious traumatisation and strategies for maintaining the counsellor/psychotherapist’s own well being.

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Offering Support in the Aftermath of Rape and Sexual assault

*More dates to be scheduled 

This one day introductory workshop is intended for those who come into contact in their work with people who have experienced rape and sexual assault and who want to increase their understanding of the impact and their ability to respond appropriately in the aftermath.  The training approach is participative and discussion and questions are encouraged.

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Childhood Sexual Abuse: Issues in the Therapeutic Process

Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st May and Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th June 2020*

This four-day training programme focuses on the impact of and the process of recovery from childhood sexual abuse, and enables participants to enhance their understanding and therapeutic skills in working with clients who were sexually abused in childhood.  The course is intended for psychotherapists/counsellors or those in another similar in-depth support role who are encountering this issue in their work and who wish to increase their understanding, sensitivity, skills and confidence in working with their clients.

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Working with Issues of Childhood Sexual Abuse

*More dates to be scheduled 

This one day introductory workshop is for staff and volunteers who wish to increase their understanding of the dynamics and impact of childhood sexual abuse, and to enhance their capacity to support clients affected by this issue

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Dignity at Work Preventing and Dealing with Bullying, Harassment and Sexual Harassment

*More dates to be scheduled 

A Training Seminar for Managers, HR Professionals, Equality Officers, Trade Union Representatives and others in key roles. Bullying, Harassment and Sexual Harassment can occur in any work place with often devastating effects for the individuals involved and for the organisation. This training seminar will prepare those with responsibility for staff to address this important and potentially damaging workplace issue.

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Dignity at Work:Preventing and Dealing with Bullying, Harassment and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – The Role of the Support Contact Person

*More dates to be scheduled 

The aim of this training is to enable participants to become familiar with the role of the Support Contact Person/Designated Contact Person and to develop the knowledge and the skills to take on this role. The course content is both theoretical and experiential with plenty of opportunity for participants to develop the skills necessary for the role through the medium of role play and case studies. Those in the role of coordinator of a Support Contact panel might also benefit from attending this training.

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Working sensitively and effectively with Clients who have experienced Sexual Violence

*More dates to be scheduled

With the support of a generous donor, DRCC is delighted to provide this free 2 day training for staff of organisations offering services to people experiencing homelessness

The training aims to increase the participants’ knowledge and understanding of the impact of childhood abuse and rape and sexual assault experienced in adulthood, and to enhance their capacity to respond sensitively and effectively. It also aims to increase their understanding of the impact on themselves of their work and to enhance their capacity to maintain their own wellbeing.

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*Unless other times and venues are specified, all training takes place at the Rape Crisis Centre, 70 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, from 9.30 am to 4.30pm. 

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