Training courses

We can deliver bespoke group training on request to various audiences. We also host public training sessions throughout the year.

We deliver training online and in-person, both within Ireland and occasionally overseas.  

If you are interested in scheduling a tailored course for your organisation, please contact

The Training programmes we offer are: 

Awareness & Disclosure Training

What is it?  

This training is aimed at those supporting victim/survivors in the course of their work and covers: 

  • What is sexual violence? Awareness and prevalence 
  • Beliefs and attitudes around sexual violence and the impact of those beliefs 
  • The impact of traumas like rape and sexual assault 
  • Points of impact in the medical and legal process 
  • Containing, facilitating and managing a disclosure of sexual violence 
  • Vicarious traumatisation and strategies for self-care for those in the front line 
  • Case studies and group discussions 

Who is it for? 

This training has been provided to:

  • Third-level staff
  • Students' Unions
  • Those working with young people
  • Those in the homeless and mental health sector
  • Corporate & HR of large organisations
  • Those working in the Justice system

Feedback from this training: 

“It was really supportive, non-judgmental and everyone felt safe to share and discuss everything.” 

“Excellent training, delivered sensitively in a friendly and professional manner.”

“The self-care piece was fantastic it grounded everyone before starting a heavy session and love the selfcare tips throughout the morning.” 

Supporting Adults who have Experienced Child Sexual Abuse 

What is it?  

This training is aimed at those supporting adult victim/survivors of child sexual abuse in the course of their work. 

It aims to increase participants’ understanding of the dynamics and impact of child sexual abuse into adulthood, and to enhance their capacity to support adults in dealing with this issue. The training covers:  

  • The formation of core internalised beliefs  
  • The effects of childhood sexual abuse  
  • Strategies employed by children in order to survive 
  • The long-term impact of child sexual abuse and issues that may arise 
  • Facilitating a disclosure of childhood sexual abuse or other trauma 
  • Self-care and resourcing techniques for the worker 

Who is it for?  

This training has been delivered to: 

  • Social workers 
  • Homeless sector 
  • Addiction services 
  • Psychotherapists 

Feedback from this training: 

“I found the training very helpful in terms of looking at how best to support someone who has experienced child sexual abuse/ sexual violence.” 

“Very informative, a lot of information covered but not rushed.” 

“Really well facilitated and content was thoughtful and relevant for our group.” 

Training for Staff Working with Refugees & Asylum Seekers

What is it? 

This training is aimed at those supporting or engaging with refugees and asylum seekers in their work. It covers:  

  • Definitions of trauma 
  • Types of traumas experienced by refugees and asylum-seekers 
  • Cultural beliefs and attitudes around sexual violence 
  • Rape as a weapon of war and conflict 
  • The impact of sexual violence and other trauma 
  • Facilitating a disclosure of sexual violence 
  • Pressure points when working with interpreters 
  • Working with symptoms of PTSD 
  • Trauma-informed interviewing and organisational guidelines 
  • The impact of vicarious trauma 
  • Self-care strategies when working with trauma 

Who is it for? 

This training has been delivered to: 

  • Staff working in International Protection 
  • Staff working in accommodation and reception centers 
  • Healthcare workers 
  • Interpreters (sign and spoken language) 

Feedback from this training: 

“I felt the training covered a lot more than I expected.” 

“Great facilitators who created a safe space for people to be inquisitive without judgment.” 

“I think this training is a must for all people working with potentially vulnerable people/people in vulnerable situations.” 

Training for the Arts Sector

What is it?  

This training aims to build awareness and enhance understanding of issues related to sexual violence, the impact of sexual violence, and the influence of power dynamics. It also aims to enhance support for victims/survivors amongst peers and colleagues in the arts sector. 

Who is it for? 

This training is targeted at all those engaged in the arts and creative industries. In the past, we have delivered this training to: 

  • Film production and post-production crews 
  • Theatre workers 
  • Comedy sector 
  • Traditional music sector  

Feedback from this training: 

“The people giving the training were professional, helpful and supportive. I found the information and material very difficult and they couldn't have been kinder.”

“It was empowering and helped me to gain a better understanding of what constitutes sexual violence and how to challenge behaviours at the root.”

“Very open and engaging. It felt like a safe and friendly chat. ”

Training for the Retail and Hospitality Sectors

NEW FOR 2024 

What is it?  

This training aims to build awareness and enhance understanding of issues related to sexual violence, the impact of sexual violence, and the influence of power dynamics . It also aims to enhance support for victims/survivors amongst peers and colleagues in the Hospitality Sector. 

Youth Programmes

What is it?  

DRCC offers, free of charge, two flagship “train-the-trainer" programmes for teachers, youth workers and anyone working with young people.  

  • BodyRight: 
    • BodyRight is a sexual violence prevention programme, that aims to support those working with young people.  
    • It explores ways to build awareness and understanding around consent, healthy relationships, sexual violence and its impact, and the law.
    • It aims to help staff create supportive, non-threatening spaces in which young people can explore their own and others’ attitudes and behaviours with regard to sexual violence.  
  • Let's Get Real: 
    • Let’s Get Real empowers participants to engage with young people and support them in becoming critical consumers of media, popular culture, social media and pornography.  

Who is it for? 

BodyRight and Let’s Get Real are available to those working in schools, youth groups, colleges, or any other settings where they work with young people. 

Participants must have completed BodyRight before taking part in Let’s Get Real.  

Feedback from these trainings:

“I loved the training! The facilitators were really approachable and knowledgeable and great at answering questions that came up. The training was also delivered in a trauma informed and sensitive way- from the perspective of delivering training this is really practical as can be modelled and carried forward”

“Fantastic training! From the content, the contact beforehand the facilitators and the diverse trainees coming together the entire training was incredible and I can't praise it enough! I am very excited to roll out the training now when I come back from midterm ”

"This was the best professional training I have participated in as a teacher. It was very insightful, interactive, very practical and delivered by experts. I would highly recommend the training to colleagues."

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