Doing no further harm: Working with mental health impacts of domestic & sexual abuse (CPD course)

CPD: 6 points

This is an engaging course for anyone who wants to further their understanding of the relationship between mental health and domestic abuse, and develop a trauma-informed approach to working with women and young people to support their recovery.

What does the course cover?

The course will help you to:

• Debunk myths about mental health, domestic abuse and sexual abuse
• Understand how the human brain responds to trauma and abuse, how this affects how people may present and be diagnosed, and creates barriers to seeking help
• Understand the short and long term effects of domestic abuse on women and children
• Describe some of the foundations of ‘safe therapy’ and tools for ‘containment’ when working with people showing signs of post-traumatic stress and anxiety, to help them manage their distress and regulate their emotions
• Find out about support available and pathways to specialist services
• Recognise how working with people affected by abuse and trauma can affect you and strategies for self-care.

Course dates and booking:

See our list below for upcoming events and click on the course to book your space.

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Who is this training suitable for?

The course is suitable for support workers, mental health practitioners, and anyone interested in developing a trauma-informed response to survivors of abuse.


Women’s Aid members: £150
Non-members: £175

Trainer profiles:

Maureen Storey

Director, VIDA Sheffield [& M.C. Sheffield Area Refuge & Support]

Maureen has worked on issues of domestic and sexual abuse since the late 70’s, in a campaigning, training and awareness role. She has been supporting the development of specialist services and was the Sheffield’s Co-ordinator for strategic work to tackle domestic abuse for 15 years, (when VIDA was known as Sheffield Domestic Abuse Forum).

Currently she is engaged in training delivery, strategic work, fundraising and she is also a longstanding Committee member of Sheffield Women’s Aid. VIDA have an excellent reputation for high quality, experiential training on a range of issues related to domestic and sexual abuse.

Jane McClaren

Clinical Manager, Eva Women’s Services, VIDA Sheffield

Jane has over 15 years’ experience of developing and delivering a range of training related to domestic and sexual abuse. She has held various roles with SDAF/VIDA, first as Coordinator of the Step by Step group work programme for children affected by domestic abuse and their mothers, then Floating Support Service manager, and now Clinical Manager of our Eva Women’s Therapy Service.

Jane is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist [accredited with BABCP] and an EMDR practitioner, specialising in trauma focused therapy.

Please note that submitting an application form will automatically generate an invoice so please only apply if you wish to attend the course.

If you have any questions please email: [email protected]


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