Introduction to abuse, trauma and recovery


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How to purchase

In order to purchase for more than one person, select the Group option and the number of courses you would like to buy.

In your NAPAC account you can then assign a course to a registered email address. The email address you assign the course to must also have registered with NAPAC, you can register here.

Once the course has been purchased and assigned, the user can login to their account and begin the course.


This course provides an overview of what we understand about abuse in childhood, its impacts, and an introduction to psychoeducation and routes to recovery. The course draws together some of the key learning survivors have told us was important to them and an integral part of their recovery. 

Although this learning can complement therapeutic work for practitioners and clients, it is not therapeutic in itself. This course does not confer any formal qualifications.

There is no time limit for this course, and though we recommend allowing three hours, you can take longer. There are six activities where we recommend you make notes, which are also good places to take a break between topics. You can also log out and return to complete the course at a later time if you so wish.


What you will learn:

  • The facts and figures behind abuse in the UK
  • Understanding abuse
  • Trauma responses
  • Psychoeducation
  • Recovery
  • Self-care


Do I need to submit any written work?

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


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

  • Notebook for recording your thoughts and reflections
  • 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 whether or not you are or know a survivor. If you are affected by any of the course content, please call NAPAC’s support line on 0808 801 0331 and talk to someone – details of the service including the opening hours are here:


You may also find NAPAC’s free online resources helpful, including our booklets and information about flashbacks and grounding techniques: 

NAPAC’s booklets

Flashbacks and grounding techniques


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.