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FREE course – Meeting the mental health needs of domestic and sexual survivors (OCN London accredited)

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Date(s) - 31 Oct 2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Location The Foundry 17 Oval way London SE11 5RR United Kingdom


Meeting the mental health needs of domestic and sexual survivors is a free, 3-day training course taking place on October 31st, November 14th and November 29th. 

Please note:

  • You must be available to attend all 3 days of training.
  • You must be able to submit home based assignments.
  • This course is only open to those who work in London with women and girls experiencing or at risk of gender based violence.
  • This course takes applications only and will not be operating a waiting list or accepting late applications. Submission of an application does not mean that you have been accepted a place. Successful applicants will be notified.

Course Description

Domestic and sexual violence and mental ill-health are two issues that often co-exist. For many professionals, addressing both is challenging as routes into mental health services seem blocked. Meeting the mental health needs of domestic and sexual survivors is a FREE three day, OCN London accredited course will provide learners with the opportunity to fully understand the links between experiences of violence, abuse and mental ill-health and consider ways to improve how they work with this group of survivors.  

Meeting the mental health needs of domestic and sexual survivors involves five pieces of coursework, four of which are to be completed in the learner’s own time. Learners will have two months to finish all the coursework and it should take no more than six hours in total. Learners will be fully supported to complete each assignment.

This FREE training is offered as part of the ASCENT Project of the London VAWG Consortium, funded by London Councils. Delegates must work in London with women or girls who are at risk of or experiencing violence and abuse. The training is limited to 16 places, with no more than two delegates from each organisation.

Key learning objectives

  • Help you to develop an in-depth understanding of how domestic and sexual abuse impacts on survivors’ mental health, including of how trauma affects the brain.
  • Become more confident in talking to survivors about experiences of mental ill-health.
  • Better understand how risk relating to domestic and sexual abuse and mental ill-health intersect.
  • Help you to navigate the mental health system, from understanding how mental health problems are diagnosed to what services are available.
  • Gain skills in supporting survivors to develop their own tools to manage common trauma responses such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Who should attend

The course is relevant for any practitioner whose work brings them into contact with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, who may also be affected by mental ill-health. You must work in London.

The course equates to 5 CPD points.

Applications are now closed.


Applications for this training closed on 12th October at midnight. If you have applied, you will be contacted on or around the 17th October to inform you if your application has been successful.

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