What is the course about?
The course will look at definitions and statistics of domestic abuse; how the counsellor might work with survivors and perpetrators of abuse, as well of a consideration of the dynamics of abuse and the possibility of couples counselling. The course will look at the big debate between power and control issues versus affect regulation, including typology of perpetrators, risk assessments, Karpman Drama Triangle, legal remedies and ethical/safety considerations.
What will we cover?
Domestic abuse; power and control; affect regulation; Karpman Drama Triangle; ethics; legal remedies and safety considerations.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Understand the nature of domestic abuse;
• Understand the key issues surrounding the big debate between power and control issues versus affect regulation;
• Know what issues to look out for when working with survivors and perpetrators of abuse;
• Understand the different types of perpetrators and types of abuse;
• Assess when it may be safe to work with couples who are living with domestic abuse, and where to refer if not appropriate;
• Understand risk assessments, safety and ethical issues;
• Identify legal remedies available for survivors of abuse.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for therapists, trainee therapists or other professionals who may work or be involved with victims of domestic violence. Counselling experience/knowledge required. Difficult issues will be discussed in an educational setting.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Learning will be facilitated by teaching input, discussion, reflection, small and large group work. Students will be expected to participate in class activities.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Students do not need to bring any materials to this class. The tutor will provide all necessary handouts and other materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
This course may spark an interest in general psychotherapy or psychology. You also may be interested in some of our other ‘working with…’ courses:
PT548 - CBT for therapists and counsellors
PT544 - Acceptance and commitment therapy for healthcare professionals
PT531 - Group Facilitation
PT556 - Working with two chairs
PT542 - Ways into working with couples
PT569 - Working therapeutically with masks
PT583 - Working with couples: an introduction.