Training on Sexual Violence, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Trauma, Counselling and Support Skills, Vicarious Traumatisation

The DRCC Education and Training Department provides training programmes for staff and volunteers who in whatever role are providing support and services to individuals who have experienced sexual violence and other trauma. Training programmes have been developed and provided for teachers, guidance counsellors, interpreters, Sign Language interpreters, chaplains, community workers, residential care workers, social workers, psychiatric nurses, community nurses, doctors, solicitors, prison officers, Gardaí, counsellors, consular staff, psychologists and psychotherapists and those working in the areas of addiction, domestic violence, and homelessness, and many others.

Training programmes available range from one day introductory workshops on topics such as Offering Support in the Aftermath of Rape, Issues in Working with Childhood Sexual Abuse and Vicarious Tramatisation and Self care to a 12 day programme Sexual Violence: Issues for the Counsellor.

Training programmes are provided at Dublin Rape Crisis Centre which may be attended by individuals Schedule 2017

Training courses are also provided on request for groups or organisations, designed to meet the specific needs of the group or organisation. The courses are adapted to suit the specific needs of each group of participants. We have developed and delivered training for professionals in a very wide range of roles: please contact us and we will be glad to discuss your training needs.Enquiry Form

Courses can be provided in our training rooms at 70 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, or at a venue provided by the organisation.  DRCC has provided training throughout Ireland and overseas.

Training Programmes available include

  • For those working (in a variety of roles and settings) with clients who have experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse, Rape, Sexual Assault and other trauma. From  one day to 12 days in duration
  • For those working with asylum seekers and refugees who may have experienced sexual violence and other trauma Read more
  • In Counselling and Listening Skills
  • For those in specific roles such as receptionist, Case Worker
  • For appropriate school and other youthwork staff as facilitators of the BodyRight  programme Read more
  • For Helpline staff and volunteers
  • For staff and volunteers providing support to victims at Sexual Assault Treatment Units
  • In Vicarious Traumatisation and Self care

Approach to Training

Our training is provided within an ethos of care for participants, and with respect for the existing knowledge and expertise of those who attend the training. We are aware that no matter how experienced the participant, the issues on which we provide training are powerful and sensitive and can resonate quite deeply. Our approach is participative and experiential, but invitational and without pressure and participants are encouraged and supported to take care towards themselves. This mirrors the approach to working with victims of trauma which we are advocating in our training. The methodology includes information inputs, DVD footage, experiential exercises, group discussion, role-play and case histories.

A fee is charged for professional training, details from the DRCC.

Consultancy service

The Education and Training Department provides a consultancy service including to organisations developing a Child Protection Policy and/or Code of Practice and to organisations developing a Dignity at Work/Harassment and Bullying Policy and Procedures.

To request information about our training programmes or to discuss your own training needs, please send details and your email address to or contact us by phone at 01 6614911