The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) is the UK’s leading national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse—physical, sexual, emotional and neglect.

We at NAPAC know that any abuse or neglect of a child can have a deep impact throughout life if left unacknowledged and untreated. Abuse suffered years or decades ago continues to harm the lives of millions of adults today.

We believes that every individual has the right to leave the impact of childhood abuse behind, grow as a person and enjoy a happy and fulfilled life.Survivors of childhood abuse can be empowered and supported to do just that. There are proven ways to help.

NAPAC runs a free national phone line offering supportive listening for up to 30 minutes and signposting to longer-term assistance and counselling in the voluntary, statutory or private sector. The line is run by trained staff and volunteers. Funding permitting, we also offers psycho-educational support groups in England and Wales, aimed at empowering survivors to take charge of their recovery from the effects of childhood abuse.

In addition, we offers training and consultancy for health and social care professionals, counsellors and therapists, police forces, religious and educational institutions, the media and any other organisations or individual practitioners likely to engage with survivors of abuse.  Our website contains information and resources for survivors and professionals, email support and fundraising activities.  Finally, NAPAC advocates on behalf of survivors to those who are in a position to bring about change, including to the media.


About this Course


To provide participants with extensive grounding in stress responses as a result of trauma, and to identify the impact of stress on the brain’s development


Who should take this course?

Anyone with a professional or personal interest in this field of work for example: counsellors, students, health and social care professionals

Please note: this course does not qualify you to work with individuals in this specialist area of counselling unless you also hold further experience and/or qualifications to do so.

It is important that you work within your capabilities and have access to a supervisor who is experienced in this field of work.


What you will learn

  • Understand the role of a stress response in the context of trauma
  • Recognise the impact of stress upon the survivor’s brain development
  • Understand the relationship between the physical, emotional and psychological symptoms reported by survivors of childhood abuse and chronic stress
  • Empower and support survivors in their recovery


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This course provides 2 hours of CPD and is certified by NAPAC.

You can start the course at any time you like and complete it in as many sittings as you like.


Do I need to submit any written work?

The learning is self-directed. You do not need to submit any work.


What will I need to get the best out of the course?

  • Notebook as you may want to note your thoughts and reflections, which you may find useful to refer to in future.
  • A suitable location in which to study


What if the course brings up certain thoughts and feelings for me; who can I talk to?

Thinking and learning about childhood abuse will certainly be difficult for some people. If you are affected by any of the course content, please call NAPAC’s support line on 0808 801 0331 and talk to someone. We offer a confidential listening service on calls of up to half an hour and can signpost you towards services that may be available in your area for longer term support.

If you need to talk to someone outside of NAPAC’s opening hours, you can call Samaritans 24/7 365 days a year on 116 123.


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