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SEXUAL VIOLENCE: HUMANISING RESPONSES IN SUPPORT OF RECOVERY - Effective assessment & responses to traumatised clients on a path to recovery.

Event Details
Date: 20 Nov 2020
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
CPD hrs: 7

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Organiser: The Professional Development People

Disclosures of sexual violence strike fear into the heart of many clinicians and the most frequent response is to refer to sexual assault specific counselling services or experts. Latest estimates however, suggest that one in five Australian women and one in 22 Australian men experience sexual violence after the age of 15 years (Cox, 2016). Such high prevalence rates mean that specialist sexual assault services are unable to respond to the total demand of people affected by sexual violence. A safe relational space offered by the clinician is one of the most important factors critical to recovery from sexual violence. Disclosures of sexual violence are most often made to clinicians who already offer a safe relational space, suggesting that at least some of the therapeutic work required after a disclosure of sexual violence could be achieved within that therapeutic context. This course will equip clinicians to understand and apply the fundamentals of working in a humanized manner with people who have experienced sexual violence. The course outlines a stage-based approach to recovery from sexual violence including how to work out which work to do and making intelligent decisions about when to refer to specialists enabling clinicians to perform effectively with clients they didn’t know they could help. This interactive session will move beyond the limits of the Recovery Model and Trauma Informed Care to articulate key principles for supporting progress towards recovery from sexual violence in ways that are both effective and accessible. Participants will be equipped to immediately apply their learning in therapeutic practice

Learning objectives

  • Comprehend stage-based models of recovery from sexual violence
  • Determine which stage of recovery the client is presenting in
  • Work out what sort of recovery work is needed
  • Support clients’ recovery from sexual violence
  • Know when to refer to specialists
  • Enhance their ability to offer a safe relational space in therapy

Presenter details

Jackie Burke is a registered psychologist with 20 years of experience in counselling and supervision services. She has worked in remote Australia, regional and metropolitan NSW and has directed national programs for people affected by sexual, domestic and family violence. She is an awarded researcher, and her training programs about trauma, sexual and domestic violence, clinical supervision, trauma informed practice, and vicarious trauma are popular nationally and internationally.
After holding senior management roles for the past 15 years, Jackie established her own private practice and consultancy business in early 2017. She is a published author with an adjunct position at Western Sydney University. When not working, Jackie tries to maintain a regular yoga practice and enjoys a good murder mystery.

Location and date

Park Regis
293 North Quay
Brisbane QLD 4000

20 November 2020

9:15am - 4:30pm


Standard fee $298

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.

Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here.


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