Training for professionals

RSACC offers a range of training days which aim to increase awareness of the impact of sexual violence on women and girls. Our training can be either delivered to agencies for their workers, staff or volunteers, or accessed by attending one of our prearranged training days.
Our training is open to a range of professionals, statutory and voluntary sector workers who may be supporting or working with women and girls who have experienced sexual violence. It is also designed for those who simply wish to have a better understanding of sexual violence. We are currently reviewing our training offer. If you are interested in training, we’d be grateful if you could complete this form.

Sessions currently include

Understanding Self-Harm – Half Day

This is a basic introductory training session will benefit those, who in their work place or personal lives come into contact with individuals who self-harm.

While the session addresses the many reasons why individuals self-harm, and life experiences that may have resulted in a person adopting self-harming behaviours, we pay particular attention to the fact that survivors of sexual abuse may use and develop many ways of coping with their experience to enable them to continue to function and live their lives to the best of their ability.

This session explores self-harm as a coping mechanism.

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Understanding Anger – Half Day

Anger is the natural emotion created in a fight-or-flight situation by the physiology of your mind and body.

When you sense a threat your mind generates fear and anger. The fear you generate is part of a flight response from your physiology. Anger is the emotional energy you generate for the fight against that perceived threat. What can be confusing is that your mind creates fear and anger even when the threat is just imagined.

This session explores anger, how we can recognise it, communicate emotions that lie beneath anger and encourage safe expressions of anger.

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Understanding Domestic abuse – Full Day

Domestic abuse is perpetrated by men in 1 in 4 homes in the UK and on average 2 women a week are killed by their partners.

We know that domestic abuse is a vastly under reported crime and that many women endure their abuse in silence. This session, based on practitioner research, is an introduction to counselling women who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic abuse. The day will be particularly beneficial and useful to those working with this particular client group in a counselling role. It will also be useful to those supporting women, who have experienced domestic abuse, in raising their awareness of the impact domestic abuse has on the woman.

The day will involve group discussion, small group work etc and be participatory in nature. We will not be role playing.

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The Reality of Rape – Impact & Consequence of Sexual Violence – Half Day

Rape is a vastly under reported crime and the perpetrator is most often known to the victim, over 50% of all rapes occur in the home.

Rape is a violent crime enacted sexually in an attempt to exercise power and control over the victim and is, most often, considered by the victim as an act of extreme personal violation. However many of the myths and beliefs that we hold as a society about the nature of rape often result in the victim being blamed to a lesser or larger degree for the crime committed against them; the consequence of which works to prevent many victims coming forward to report the crime or to seek help and support.

This introductory half day looks at the reality of rape in an attempt to broaden our understanding, enable us to support someone who discloses that they have been raped and to challenge societal myths or beliefs that work to prevent the victim coming forward and seeking help or justice.

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Working with adult survivors of sexual abuse – Half Day

Sexual Violence and childhood sexual abuse are two of the most serious and damaging crimes in our society.

One in five women experience sexual assault in adulthood and 21% of girls and 11% of boys experience sexual abuse in their childhood. The impacting consequences of sexual assault on the survivor, in most cases, are extremely damaging to the individuals mental and emotional health and wellbeing. Society’s better understanding and support of survivors can significantly help reduce the negative impact of sexual violence on the individual.

This session explores sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse, the effects of abuse on adult survivors, how to deal with disclosures appropriately and how you can offer support.

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Childhood sexual abuse and dealing with disclosure – Half Day

The prevalence of child sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported; experts agree that the incidence is far greater than what is reported to authorities.

CSA is also not uniformly defined, so statistics may vary. The impact and consequence of CSA has far reaching and long-term impacts on survivors.

This session will look at the spectrum of child sexual abuse, grooming, the physical and psychological effects on survivors, myths and realities, dos and don’ts when responding to disclosures.

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Children who perpetrate sexually harmful behaviours – Half Day

Children and young people who develop harmful sexual behaviour harm themselves and others.

Sexual behaviour between children is also considered harmful if one of the children is much older – particularly if there is more than two years’ difference in age or if one of the children is pre-pubescent and the other isn’t. However, a younger child can abuse an older child, particularly if they have power over them – for example, if the older child is disabled.

This session looks at why some children sexually harm others, how to identify warning signs and how to respond.

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Consent and the Law & Objectification of Women & Girls – Half Day

The age of consent to any form of sexual activity is 16 for both men and women.

The age of consent is the same regardless of the gender or sexual orientation of a person and whether the sexual activity is between people of the same or different gender. This course outlines the definition of consent and the law surrounding it. It also looks at objectification. The concept of sexual objectification and, in particular, the objectification of women, is an important idea in feminist theory and psychological theories derived from feminism. Many feminists regard sexual objectification as objectionable and as playing an important role in gender inequality, and the cause and consequence of sexual violence against women and girls.

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Training days are participatory

All training days are participatory and involve small and large group activities and discussion. Participants will not be asked to role play. There will be opportunities to ask questions and the facilitators will be sharing their breadth of experience in working with survivors of sexual violence. We are aware that the training content is both emotive and sensitive and that it may raise issues for those attending.

Self care needs

Though the facilitators are practised in providing a supportive environment and are mindful of the wellbeing of those attending we do ask that individuals are aware of, and take responsibility for, their own self care needs in relation to personal issues and experiences that may be impacted on by the content of the training session.

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