NAPAC and the National Counselling Society (NCS) today launched a unique new e-learning course called ‘Working with Adult Survivors of Child Abuse in a Trauma-Informed Way’, certified by CPD UK – the CPD certification service Working with Adult Survivors of Child Abuse in a Trauma-Informed Way

The course will give counsellors and health or social care professionals the fundamental skills to engage with child abuse survivors in a way that is empowering and guards against re-traumatisation. The e-learning course offers a range of benefits for participants, which include learning about the range of impacts that child abuse has in adulthood, how to handle disclosures with greater confidence and ultimately how to adopt trauma-informed practices.

Gabrielle Shaw, CEO of NAPAC, said: “Many professionals contact us for advice on how best to support clients who suffered abuse in childhood, so we know there’s a gap in knowledge and confidence. This new e-learning course will enhance professional development and help practitioners to offer a service which is empowering to survivors, based on the latest trauma-informed practice.”

Vicky Parkinson, CEO of the National Counselling Society, said: “We are delighted to launch this training with NAPAC, their expertise in this area is invaluable and the course certainly reflects this. We are aware from speaking with our members and other health and social care professionals that this is an area they felt they needed more training and knowledge. By offering this as an online course we can reach more professionals to help them enhance their knowledge and understanding. We are acutely aware of how busy professionals are, so it is a real bonus that this can be completed in their own time, at their own pace, wherever they are based.”

After this training participants will be able to:
– Recognise and describe the impact of child abuse on emotional, mental and physical health in adulthood
– Identify and explain common coping mechanisms
– Recognise and mitigate common triggers and stress reactions
– Receive disclosures of abuse with greater confidence
– Empower and support survivors in their recovery

NAPAC’s e-learning training course is suitable for professionals such as healthcare professionals, police, counsellors and social care workers, who are hearing an increasing number of disclosures from adults who were abused in childhood.

NAPAC is a national charity which runs a free support line for adults who experienced any type of abuse in childhood. Many calls are from survivors seeking advice about counselling and support. NAPAC also receives many calls from counsellors wanting advice or information about how they can best support adult survivors of child abuse.

NAPAC also often hears from survivors who feel their counsellor does not have the skills or confidence to support them effectively and safely. Others say they have been turned away from counselling or healthcare support services on the basis that they are “too difficult to work with.”

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The ‘Working with Adult Survivors of Child Abuse in a Trauma-Informed Way’ course is 5 hours of CPD. It can be completed in several sittings. Professionals and students do not need to be a member of NCS to sign up for the course, the course costs £55 or £40 for NCS members who sign up before the end of May. The CPD assessor provided the following comment regarding the CPD value of the course: “A very good, comprehensive and easy to navigate course.”

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The National Counselling Society (NCS) is one of the UK’s leading professional associations in the field of Counselling. They are a not-for-profit organisation and hold a register of counsellors which has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority through their Accredited Register programme. They work to support and promote counsellors and counselling and have also created and published online CPD courses to support healthcare professionals and those in public-facing roles.

They have thousands of practicing Counsellors on their register: from newly qualified Counsellors through to highly experienced Counsellors with decades of experience.

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