Continuing Professional Development – Issues of Sexual Violence: the Counselling Process

An intensive 12 day in-service course for those working or beginning to work as counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to enhance their understanding and skills in working with issues of sexual violence.

Wed.15th and Thu.16th November 2017

Wed.29th and Thu.30th November 2017

Wed.13th and Thu.14th December 2017

Wed.17th and Thu.18th January 2018

Wed.31st January and Thu.1st February 2018

Wed.14th and Thu.15th February 2018

The Rape Crisis Centre, 70 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

The course will explore issues arising in working as a counsellor with adolescent and adult clients who have experienced child sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault.

Issues explored will include:

  • Societal beliefs and attitudes concerning sexual violence and how these compound the impact on people who have experienced sexual violence
  • The impact of core limiting beliefs internalised by the child
  • The impact of sexual abuse on the child, and the longer term impact into adolescence and adulthood
  • An opportunity to develop an awareness of the internalised beliefs and attitudes of the counsellor/psychotherapist and their potential impact in the therapeutic process
  • An overview of the therapeutic process in working with sexual violence
  • Understanding the impact of traumatic experiences
  • Guidelines for facilitation a disclosure of sexual abuse
  • Working with trauma and preventing re-traumatisation
  • Issues related to attachment and early development
  • Working with sexual abuse:the impact on the counsellor/psychotherapist
  • Creating safety:Trauma symptoms and useful strategies and self-help skills for the client
  • Identifying and developing the resources of the client including the resources which have been undermined by traumatic experiences
  • Mindful self awareness in trauma recovery
  • Working with boundaries
  • Deepening the process:working experientially
  • Integration as part of the therapeutic process
  • The immediate and long-term impact of rape and sexual assault
  • Crisis intervention in the aftermath of rape and sexual assault
  • Medical and legal issues in the aftermath of rape and sexual assault
  • Counselling issues when working with rape
  • Sexual Harassment: Definition, Impact, Law, Procedures, Counselling Issues
  • Sensuality and sexuality
  • The dynamics of abuse: issues for the counselling relationship
  • Finishing therapy
  • Vicarious traumatisation: and self care strategies for the counsellor

Methods include creative and experiential elements, DVDs of client experiences, theoretical inputs, mindful self study and resourcing, case studies, role play and group interaction.


Comprehensive written handouts are provided with all DRCC training programmes to support the learning and to act as an ongoing resource


The sensitive nature of the issues being addressed and their capacity to resonate with participants is taken into account in the approach. The training methods include the use of video and audio materials, lectures, role-plays, experiential exercises, case studies and small group work.


This training is offered in the expectation that participants will have access to their own personal therapy should issues arise for them during the course.

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to participants who complete the training programme.

This training programme is recognised for CPD purposes by the Irish Council for Psychotherapy.

The fee for the course is €1,195.00

Application: If you wish to participate in the training, please download the application form and return with a €195non-refundable deposit.

Please note that this course is intended for those with prior counselling training who are working in a counselling role, and focuses on the therapeutic process. DRCC also holds workshops on issues of sexual violence for those in other roles. Please contact us to enquire.

For further information and to book a place on the course, please contact Leonie O’Dowd, Head of Education and Training, at 01 6614911 or email

To facilitate group participation, places on the course are limited, so early booking is advisable.