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FREE – CPD Accredited Online Interactive Training Session: Counselling Skills for Those Working with Survivors

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Date(s) - 24 Mar 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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This course is free to attend due to funding from the Home Office.

This course explores the means to develop a powerful working relationship with clients who have experienced violence against women and girls, through respect, fostering control, setting boundaries and being trustworthy. Concepts such as non-judgmental acceptance and empowerment are explored. There will be opportunities to practise basic counselling skills including listening and responding in ways that empower clients. We explore ways to make any discussion more safe and effective, such as by acknowledging the stage the woman has reached, her external safety and boundaries of confidentiality. A framework for structuring a session is presented along with basic guidelines for building and maintaining an effective working relationship.

Learning Objectives 

  • To increase knowledge of and apply basic counselling skills
  • To review the meaning of basic principles needed to build strong relationships with clients
  • To promote the development of healthy working relationships with women who have experienced violence against women and girls
  • To explore the impact on workers who use counselling skills with clients 
  • To take away some practical tools and models of support to improve practice


Who should attend?

Counselling strategies, such as how to structure a meeting, can be applied to all sorts of conversations, including key-work sessions and individual support meetings. This course is designed for professionals working with victims of violence against women and girls who have had no training in counselling techniques.


This course is delivered online using Zoom and involves self-guided learning and an interactive training session. A week before the session, you will receive the materials for you to work through in your own time and should take no longer than an hour to complete. The training session is tutor led and will last for three hours, including a 20 minute break. In our virtual classroom, you will explore some of the topics from the self-guided learning in more depth and cover new topics. The training session will involve tutor presentation, question and answer opportunities and group work activities.


This event is fully booked.

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