“Child sexual abuse is when you’re powerless and betrayed, and you’re all alone and you mustn’t tell, and there’s confusion and pain and deep down inside there’s the fear that it’s all your own fault, that there’s something wrong with you, something terribly and toxically wrong with you, and there’s nowhere to go, and no one to run to, and no way to stop it because you’re small and weak and stupid and if only!!—if only!!—if only you had known, if you only you hadn’t been there, if only you hadn’t said what you’d said, or done what you’d done, or felt what you’d felt…That’s what child sexual abuse is.”
Child sexual abuse has been in the headlines constantly since the Jimmy Savile scandal broke in 2012. But why? Why is it such a big story? Why does it impact the victim so profoundly? What is the ‘transfer of responsibility’ in grooming? How many people are abused, by whom, and why? Is there hope for recovery?
This online training course covers subjects that are rarely mentioned on other training, including the sexual abuse of children by women, and images of abuse. It comes from both a professional and personal perspective, with Carolyn Spring speaking as both as a survivor of organised abuse and incest, and from her experience over 15 years as a foster carer.
This is a hard-hitting, but hope-filled course and is suitable for a wide range of professionals working with survivors, in particular counsellors and psychotherapists, but also people working in adoption and fostering, Rape Crisis, social work, occupational health, education, police, prisons, lawyers and healthcare. Survivors and supporters may also find it useful, although the nature of this topic means that some may find elements of the training difficult.
The speaker is Carolyn Spring.
6 hours of CPD with certificate available on completion.
Lifetime access, so start, stop and repeat the course as often as you like. Materials can be streamed or downloaded. All online courses are priced individually and offer a single-user licence only. Group bookings are available here.
“This training has been invaluable in transforming my thinking about childhood sexual abuse. Carolyn’s calm and methodical delivery carries you through the most disturbing and difficult of material in a way that feels both safe and contained. The message that recovery is possible is very clear and an enormous and profound relief.”
“The course has been incredibly well constructed. It addresses the issue with the necessary directness and clarity. The segments and ongoing accessibility meant I was able to take breaks to digests, process and ensure my own self-care throughout. Carolyn is a wonderful educator. I feel so much more informed about child sexual abuse which means I feel a greater confidence in how to best support my clients.”
“Working with adults I initially didn’t see this training as relevant. How wrong I was. We were all children once.”
“From the perspective of a survivor and trainee psychotherapist, this course was filled with so much valuable information and you covered so much. What drew me to this course was your message of hope for healing. I have encountered the odd professional who talk about it so clinically whilst you held the entire course consistently with knowledge, research, facts along with respect, tenderness and truth. Thank you so much for sharing your own experience and light. I look forward to taking your other courses.”
“I found this course powerful in understanding how sexual abuse takes place and every lesson gave me a deeper understanding of the impact it can have on clients.”
“Somehow you have managed to tell me about so much, things almost to awful to hear & yet in a way that allowed me to hear! Thank you Carolyn.”
“I feel privileged and honoured to have experienced this training and to have heard of your journey to recovery. The course was informative, sensitive and hopeful. I feel more confident to work with survivors of sexual abuse and to offer my support for their journey to recovery.”
“I thought it was really informative, educational and insightful. It challenged some of my views and feelings which will help me grow as a practitioner.”
“I am completely inspired, hearing from someone who has been through sexual abuse but also been through many other aspects, child protection, therapy etc is so insightful. I am a therapist working with adults and children who have experienced sexual abuse, this training has really given me ideas on ways of working and reframing The abuse for the survivors, and knowing that recovery is possible and the survivor can lead a fulfilling life if the right support is given.”