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Foundation Course in Domestic Abuse Counselling

Our Foundation Course Training Programme runs for 4 full days, is delivered online over a two-week period, and will be led by Dr Jeannette Roddy. The course is designed to cover the knowledge and skills required to start working with domestic abuse clients. It is run as a cohort of up to 12 trainees and each course will close for booking once those places are taken. We find that teaching a group that stays together for the course helps to expand learning, build confidence, and create a community for trainees after the training. For this reason, please do check that you can make each of the training days as non-attendance not only affects your learning, but also the learning of the group.

Over the four days, we will cover theory and practice (including case studies, role play and skills) to help you to understand the experience of the client, the needs of the client, and the areas of practice that you need to be most aware of when working with people who have experienced abuse. This is not just learning about the theory, but learning how to apply the theory in a real world scenario. Many of our trainees have observed that the training not only supports domestic abuse work, but also enhances their work with other client groups as well.



The next course will be held on Monday, 10th, Thursday, 13th, Monday, 17th and Thursday, 20th June 2024 and is now open for booking. Early bird price of £350 (reduced from £450) available until 8th September only.

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What previous participants have said about the Foundation Course in Domestic Abuse Counselling


"Highly recommend this training, the content was really good, ideal for anyone that has some or no knowledge of Domestic Abuse (DA). Some really useful techniques to use with clients, this course also gives you a good understanding of the personal impact DA and the importance of looking after yourself. This is my second course with Dactari and I will be booking on more."

"The Foundation Course in Domestic Abuse Counselling covers the complex nature of domestic abuse and explores and informs of the essential skills and knowledge a counsellor needs to be able to work ethically and safely with domestic abuse clients. I would highly recommend the course."

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"Outstanding training from Jeannette and Dactari. Jeannette is hugely knowledgeable and is able to share the knowledge of a subject matter that can prove difficult and emotive with participants in a way that supports their development and learning. A valuable recognition of the importance of self care throughout the course and future careers in supporting clients who have experienced domestic abuse."

"I attended this course to gain knowledge and support in my work in trauma and in my new role in Domestic Abuse particularly. It fulfilled all my expectations and gave me tools and confidence to provide a supportive and reflective support for all my clients. Thank you."

"I found the Foundation Course in Domestic Abuse Counselling to be an excellent training. Whilst the content can be challenging at times, I felt considerable thought had been given to the structure of each day which allowed time to reflect individually and within the group. Jeannette, and her colleagues, brought a depth of knowledge, experience and insight to the training that has both inspired and encouraged me. The mix of lectures and skills practice was particularly helpful to me in consolidating my learning. I would thoroughly recommend this course to fellow professionals."

"This course has not only given me much more of a structure and knowledge to work together with domestic abuse clients, but also any clients who have/are experiencing complex trauma."

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During the Foundation Training Programme you will learn:


  1. What domestic abuse is and how prevalent it is across society

  2. What the DAC model is and how to use it

  3. Why clients can experience significant mental health difficulties after domestic abuse

  4. What effect domestic abuse can have on other relationships

  5. What clients need initially in therapy

  6. The skills required to help the client to settle down to process their experiences

  7. How to repair any relational ruptures that may occur in within counselling

  8. How to pick up on unconscious processes that can happen during therapy and work with them

  9. How people protect themselves during abuse and why that can be unhelpful if continued post-abuse

  10. Ways to challenge clients in a constructive, positive and helpful way

  11. What complex trauma is and how it can be worked with during counselling, safely and creatively

  12. How domestic abuse affects different people in different ways and what that means for us in our responses to them

  13. Confidentiality, boundaries and disclosure in complex situations

  14. Notes and court processes

  15. The importance of counsellors self-care

  16. Whether domestic abuse counselling is for you

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