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Survivors' Network train and educate professionals and the wider community about the prevalence and realities of sexual violence and its effects on survivors. We offer both open and bespoke courses. Download our brochure Breaking the Silence for more information about our training offer.
Details of forthcoming courses and details on  how to book can be found below.

Pre-trial therapy: working therapeutically with clients involved in the criminal justice system.

Empowering or silencing the client?

9th October, 10am-4pm

•             How much do you know about supporting clients involved in the criminal justice system?

•             Do you have a fear of silencing the client?

•             Or a fear around the confidentiality of sessions?

•             Are you concerned about whether clients’ notes end up in court?


Outline of content:

Exploring the myths around pre-trial therapy, this one-day workshop will provide an overview of:

•             the context of counselling within the criminal justice system

•             experiential sessions

•             case studies

•             note taking 

•             confidentiality

•             practice issues for offering pre-trial therapy


Who is the course for?

Practitioners working in a professional or voluntary capacity who may be likely to work with clients who are involved in the criminal justice system. Clients can present with a history of childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, or rape in any clinical context. Clients who are the victims of any crime may become part of a criminal investigation. Counsellors in any clinical setting therefore need to be aware of how to work within the context of the criminal justice system.


Learning Objectives:

To develop the knowledge and confidence in supporting clients who are going through the criminal justice system. 

General information:

Course costs:

Voluntary sector £70  

Statutory and private individuals £90

We also offer bespoke training for organisations. Get in touch for more details.



Training takes place in our building in central Brighton.

Unfortunately our building is an old one, without a lift, and the training takes place on the first floor (up two flights of stairs). The toilet is up an additional small flight of stairs. We do not currently have hearing loops fitted. If you have any concerns about accessing this training, please do get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.



For further information about this training day or any other training or consultancy please contact the office on 01273 203380 ext 100, or email . To download a booking form, click here.


Why have training about the impact of sexual violence?

1. To dispel myths surrounding rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse.

2. To create a safe environment for a survivor to talk about their experiences

3. To ensure that your staff are adequately supported and react appropriately when hearing a disclosure of abuse

4. To ensure your staff understand their legal duties and safeguarding procedures and know how to refer and signpost to other agencies


Who is the training aimed at?

Our training sessions are primarily aimed at supporting people who come into contact with anyone who has experienced sexual violence or abuse. This includes healthcare professionals, social workers, frontline workers including benefit, welfare and housing staff, your workers, education staff, therapists, counselors, parents, carers, legal and court staff, police officers, prison service, people working in the voluntary sector and anyone else supporting or caring for a survivors of sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault.


Designed for your needs

The session can be tailored to your organisation's specific needs, so if there are any subject areas you would like included or excluded then please let us know. All training will combine presentations, discussions in groups, time for questions and individual reflections.


For more information please download our Training Brochure Breaking the Silence