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Expert Series in Domestic Abuse Counsellor Training

For those who have some experience of domestic abuse counselling work already, we offer

separate, stand-alone modules of topics that are likely to be of interest to practitioners working in this area. These courses are given by people who research and/or teach in the area and can be seen as experts in their field. The list of current programmes is given below. Workshops are a full day. Please click on the title of the course to find a more detailed synopsis, dates and prices, or book now to find a full list of currently available courses.

May/June 1-day Workshops

This workshop is suitable for counsellors, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals interested in supporting clients to recover from the emotional and psychological impact of coercive control.It is important that counsellors are knowledgeable about the psychological dynamics of the coercive controlling relationship and can sensitively manage power dynamics within the therapeutic relationship and facilitate a growing sense of client autonomy that will help facilitate their recovery. This session will present contemporary understandings of the psychological and emotional impact of coercive control and will offer practical therapeutic strategies and a chance to practice skills.

Led by Dr LInda Dubrow-Marshall and Dr Rod Dubrow-Marshall, the next session is held on Saturday, 11th May 2024 and will cost £120. Now open for booking 

This one day interactive and experiential workshop will encourage active engagement and build knowledge and confidence in how to work creatively with clients who have experienced domestic abuse. Creative methods can enhance the processing of complex trauma and build confidence and self esteem. This workshop will explore a range of creative activities and  is suitable for qualified and trainee counsellors, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals. 


Led by Dr Jeannette Roddy and Leigh Gardner, the next session will be held on Thursday, 23rd May 2024 from 9.30am-4.30pm. The cost of the session is £120. Now open for booking.

Domestic abuse results in an individual being wrongly judged and accused reducing their self-esteem and self-confidence, often doubting themselves. The trauma associated with incidents often leaves levels of high anxiety and traumatic stress responses. A compassionate approach has been shown to be very effective in working with domestic abuse as well as in protecting counsellors from the negative impact of hearing abusive experiences. In this 1-day workshop Dr Elaine Beaumont, a leading author in compassion and kindness based interventions, shares the theory and practical strategies for supporting self-compassion in your counselling work.  The next workshop will be held on Thursday, 6th June 2024 from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The cost of the workshop is £120 and it is now open for booking.  

Developmental Impact of Childhood Trauma (1-day workshop)

Domestic abuse is known to be harmful to children, known as an ‘Adverse Childhood Experience’. The impact on a child’s development psychologically and physically can be significant. Understanding these effects can be helpful in working with adults who have had traumatic experiences in the home. The session includes sand-tray work.


Led by Dr Celeste Foster and Leigh Gardner. The next session will be held in summer 2024.  To hear more about the course from Leigh and Celeste, listen to their video on our Meet the Trainer channel below recorded for the last session!

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Courses to be scheduled for 2024

Please do let us know if you are interested in other training not currently listed on our schedule via our contact form. We are always interested to hear what type of training would be useful for people!

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