Do you work with adults who suffered abuse or neglect in childhood? Our training programme offers a range of options for organisations and individuals who support or work with survivors. Courses can be delivered on-site and tailored to your specific needs
Anita Dunford, BACP Counsellor
“This course is a must do.”
Our training courses are aimed at professionals wanting to gain a deeper understanding of the impacts of child abuse and neglect in adulthood and how to apply trauma-informed practice to effectively support and work with adult survivors of abuse and neglect.
If you hold a service commissioning budget and would like to know more about our support groups model, please get in touch [email protected] We can deliver support groups anywhere if there is funding to do so Find out more about NAPAC support groups
Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (SASCA)
Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (SASCA) is a specialist training initiative, which was originally set up with funding from the Home Office.
The course is aimed at any organisations whose staff work with adult survivors of child abuse and neglect, those managing staff who do, and those commissioning services. We also offer it to individual professionals working with abuse survivors.
We have successfully trained NHS staff, health and social care organisations, police forces, council staff, safeguarding teams, and educational and religious institutions and have received excellent feedback from these groups.
Our SASCA training provides delegates with an understanding of the wide range of impacts of childhood abuse in adulthood, so that they feel confident in offering a supportive and trauma-informed service which meets the needs of survivors of all types of abuse and neglect.
The only pre-course requirement for delegates is that they have openness to emotive material and a willingness to learn and practice new skills.
- Describe the impact of child abuse and neglect on mental, emotional, social and physical health in adulthood
- Support (first) disclosures of abuse with confidence
- Recognise and effectively mitigate survivor’s stress reactions
- Understand trauma-informed principles and how to apply them
- Recognise and guard against vicarious trauma
A range of training options
for organisations and individuals
- One-day SASCA course. This training workshop is aimed at organisations working regularly with adult survivors in health care, social care or criminal justice settings. The course is capped at 20 places and can be delivered at a location and venue of your choice. We also offer this course quarterly at our London office to individual professionals seeking to gain a better understanding on this topic, for example counsellors, therapists, community support and outreach workers, safeguarding officers and the like. See below for dates and details. 6.5 CPD hours
- Half-day SASCA course. This training workshop is aimed at front line staff in settings where there is a high likelihood of receiving disclosures of childhood abuse—in person or by phone. This course is capped at 20 places and can be delivered at a location and venue of your choice. It has been well received by councils, solicitors, educational and religious institutions and community organisations supporting vulnerable adults. 3 CPD hours
- E-learning course. ‘Working with Adult Survivors of Child Abuse in a Trauma-Informed Way’. Suitable for counsellors, healthcare and social care professionals. Provides an overview of types of childhood abuse and neglect, the range of impacts in adulthood, and an introduction to trauma-informed practice. The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health.
5 CPD hours
We work with all organisations to tailor the training to their specific needs. Please contact us at: [email protected]
Upcoming SASCA Training Workshops
for Individual Professionals
The following training sessions are scheduled for 2019 and 2020 in London. Please click on the dates below to view details and book tickets
Friday, 22 November 2019 SOLD OUT
We hope to also offer training sessions in different locations around England and Wales next year. Please look for announcements on this page or follow us on social media. If you would like us to contact you directly about upcoming training sessions for individual professionals, please email us at [email protected]
“I just did the day training in London. As a counsellor in training it was so useful to receive professional support from such a wonderful organisation. It really equips new therapists like myself to be good therapists for our survivor clients.” Claire Alison
“Whilst the subject matter can be upsetting, I found the event very informative and delivered with such energy. I was trained as a counsellor on an accredited course with very little training in supporting clients who have been exposed to abuse. And although no course can cover all aspects of what a client may present with, many have had relational problems in childhood. This course is a must do.” Anita Dunford, BACP Counsellor
“I would recommend this training and rate it highly. It had a profound effect on me.” Maggie Hall, Sirona Health & Social Care
“Recently completed this course, found it very insightful with great resources.”
“I found the course to be well balanced and extremely informative. The content included information to which I have previous knowledge of as well as deepening my understanding.”
“It was very thought provoking. I reflected on my own childhood, what I did with my children, my mother and clients dealing with trauma in childhood.”
“I found this course extremely helpful to understand more in depth about trauma and abuse. There are several resources/references that I had not used before which will be beneficial in my learning and practice.”
NAPAC can help you develop bespoke training for your organisation, provide speakers for conferences and more. Get in touch to find out more regarding costs and availability.