Issues of Sexual Violence - The Counselling Process

This course will run for twelve days in six two day modules on Wednesdays and Thursdays from November 2017 to February 2018 from 9.30 to 4.30 each day.



Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th November 2017

Wednesday 29th November and Thursday 30th November 2017

Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th December 2017

Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th January 2018

Wednesday 31st January and Thursday 1st February 2018

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th February 2018


Venue: Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, 70 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

This in-depth 12 day programme is provided for counsellors and psychotherapists or those offering in-depth support who wish to enhance their understanding and skills in working with adolescent and adult clients who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. It is run in six two day modules on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


The programme is designed to validate, enhance and develop the existing knowledge, understanding and skills of participants when working with these issues, and to allow those working in specialised areas, such as addiction, to feel equipped to deal with issues of sexual violence appropriately as they arise with their clients.  The learning is relevant also to working with clients who have experienced other trauma. 


The training programme is informed by trauma therapy, attachment theory, neurobiology, mindful self awareness, sensorimotor psychotherapy, body centred psychotherapy and other theories and methodologies. It is intended and taught as a practical in-service training focussed very much on the work with the client. 



There is a strong emphasis throughout the training on vicarious traumatisation and strategies for maintaining the counsellor/psychotherapist’s own well being. 

The fee for the course is €1,195.


Staged payment of fees can be arranged


Application: If you would like to participate in this training course, please complete the attached application form and return with €195 non-refundable deposit. 


Please note that this course is intended for those with prior counselling or psychotherapy training or who are working in a counselling role, and focuses on the therapeutic process.  DRCC also holds workshops and training programmes on issues of sexual violence for those in other roles.  Please contact us to enquire.


For further information and to book a place on the course, please contact Leonie O'Dowd, Head of Education and Training, at 01 6614911 or email