First Steps: Introduction to Understanding Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA)

This one day course runs from 9.30am until 4.30pm.

 Please see Eventbrite for dates. 

Target Audience:  All front line staff working with individuals who disclose or may disclose that they have a history of CSA. 


  • Basic introduction to the impact of childhood sexual abuse (CSA)
  • Introduction to basic responses in dealing with disclosures of CSA
  • Awareness about own support need for staff working with survivors of CSA 


  • An understanding of the definition of abuse and how people who have been abused might present
  • Some facts and figures relating to abuse
  • To develop awareness of how abuse might impact on people
  • Practical and helpful ways of being with people who have been abused
  • To develop awareness of how working with survivors might impact on workers
  • To develop an understanding of our own support needs 

Trainer information:

Theo Dijkman is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. He is part of the faculty of the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London where he delivers training on their MA Psychotherapy programme. Previously he worked for 20 years in management positions in mental health and addiction services as well as with survivors of childhood sexual abuse.




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