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Sexual Violence 5/5: Therapy as Activism

  • 25th Jun 2021
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

What are our social responsibilities when working with survivors of sexual violence? If we don’t extend our attentions beyond the therapy space, are we in danger of compounding victim-blaming and perpetuating cultural silence? In the concluding part of her series, Erene Hadjiioannou encourages therapists to raise our voices – and step outside the room.

Sexual Violence 4/5: Vicarious Trauma

  • 18th Jun 2021
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

From disturbed sleep through to physical pain, it is common for therapists to experience stress responses when working with survivors of sexual violence. In the fourth part of her series, Erene Hadjiioannou suggests ways to identify and manage vicarious trauma – helping us stay connected with ourselves, and with our clients.

Working with Survivors of CSA: The Essentials

  • 15th Jun 2021
  • Christiane Sanderson

The trauma of childhood sexual abuse leaves survivors with unique and complex needs. Ahead of a PESI UK live webcast this week, specialist, author and trainer Christiane Sanderson shares the core principles, models and frameworks that can support therapists of all modalities to practise safely and effectively, with understanding of the past and hope for the future.

Sexual Violence 2/5: Disconnection and Connection

  • 4th Jun 2021
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

Sexual violence can shrink our worlds and reconfigure our sense of self. In the second part of her series about working with survivors, Erene Hadjiioannou, author of a forthcoming textbook, discusses its impact on our ways of relating – and suggests how therapists might begin to support a search for the self amongst the trauma.

Sexual Violence 1/5: Challenging the Myths

  • 28th May 2021
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

Myths about sexual violence are as rife as sexual violence itself – and can easily obstruct therapy. In the first part of a new series, Erene Hadjiioannou, author of a forthcoming textbook, addresses common misconceptions and explains why therapy must engage with internalised myths as well as survivors’ truths.

Pre-Trial Therapy: A Crucial Moment

  • 28th Sep 2020
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

Survivors of sexual violence often face a choice between seeking justice and accessing therapy. Now, the problematic legal guidelines around pre-trial therapy are under review. Erene Hadjiioannou, author of a forthcoming textbook on working with survivors, talks through the contentious features and proposed changes – and urges therapists and survivors to contribute to a public consultation that closes on the 30th of October 2020.

Enhancing Empowerment with Survivors of Sexual Violence

  • 6th Feb 2020
  • Erene Hadjiioannou

Sexual abuse and violence are profoundly disempowering. To mark Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week, psychotherapist Erene Hadjiioannou, author of a forthcoming textbook on working with survivors, explains how we can co-create an empowering clinical environment by enabling clients to make choices around practical matters and language use.

Tackling Child Sexual Abuse (5/5): One Therapist’s Experience of Working with Sexual Offenders

  • 6th Dec 2019
  • Juliet Grayson

Psychotherapist Juliet Grayson works at the root of sexual offending. Her client base includes those people who are at risk of committing a sexual crime, as well as those who have already done so. She is passionate about encouraging more therapists to work with this client group, in order to ‘Stop the First Offence’ rather than wait until a crime has been committed. In her final blog about her work, she shares her personal experiences of this work.

Tackling Child Sexual Abuse (4/5): Therapists wanted!

  • 29th Nov 2019
  • Juliet Grayson

Psychotherapist Juliet Grayson works at the root of sexual offending. Her client base includes those people who are at risk of committing a sexual crime, as well as those who have already done so. She is passionate about encouraging more therapists to work with this client group, in order to ‘Stop the First Offence’ rather than wait until a crime has been committed. In the fourth of five blogs about her work, she discusses the StopSO approach, and offers pointers for those wanting to practice in this area.

Tackling Child Sexual Abuse (3/5): Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Children

  • 22nd Nov 2019
  • Juliet Grayson

Psychotherapist Juliet Grayson works at the root of sexual offending. Her client base includes those people who are at risk of committing a sexual crime, as well as those who have already done so. She is passionate about encouraging more therapists to work with this client group, in order to ‘Stop the First Offence’ rather than wait until a crime has been committed. In the third of five blogs about her work, she tackles the difficult issues surrounding children who commit a sexual offence.