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Workshop 1: Understanding the effects of sexual abuse and working with survivors.
Through a variety of methods including discussion, video and small group work this workshop aims to increase participants’ awareness of the long term effects of sexual abuse and their impact on both the survivor and those who work with them. Attendees will explore the differences between healthy and unhealthy behaviour and, by the end of the day, will be aware of more specific effects of sexual abuse including self harm, dissociation and flashbacks and be more able to help survivors deal with the effects of abuse.
Workshop 2: An experiential workshop on working with survivors of abuse
The aim of this day is to raise awareness of some specific effects of child sexual abuse and enable participants to gain confidence in working with these effects. The participatory nature of this day will encourage exploration of the differences and similarities between male and female survivors of child sexual abuse and allow attendees to recognise the myths surrounding the effects of sexual abuse. Through discussion we will help participants to understand anger as an effect of sexual abuse and explore different ways of expressing anger. Other topics covered are:
A one day workshop on understanding why survivors of abuse self harm and how to work with them. The experiential nature of the day will allow participants to explore their attitudes to self harm and address any concerns in working with this client group. This is a contentious subject and this workshop offers an opportunity to look beyond the myths and taboos surrounding self harming behaviour and to gain a wider understanding of its meaning and explore how to work effectively with self harming clients.
Workshop 4: When Words are not Enough - Working creatively with clients
For some survivors of abuse their traumatic experiences have made it difficult for them to verbalise their feelings and traditional ‘talking’ therapies may not be enough. Participants will discover, through this experiential day using sand trays, postcards, art, clay and writing, how powerful these alternative tools can be when working with this client group.
Workshop 5: Dissociation - From Daydreaming to Disorder
Many clients who have suffered extreme trauma, particularly those who are survivors of sexual abuse, can dissociate at many levels, either in sessions or in everyday life. This experiential workshop has been much acclaimed in other areas of the country as it seeks to explain and explore the whole spectrum of dissociation and is one of the few that examines the complexities of DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder- formally called Multiple Personality Disorder) and the effects this has on clients as well as exploring ways of working with it. Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is also commonly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. This experiential workshop explores what happens when a client dissociates, how it can affect survivors of sexual abuse, and ways of working with it.