Venue: Premier Meetings Manchester Central (GMEX), Bishopsgate, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M2 3DW

Contact: Jo Sims - jo@stopso.org.uk - 07473 299883 for any more information please see website www.stopso.org.uk

Cost £1600 for Full Certificate

You can pay in instalments for the full Professional Certificate (£250 deposit, x3 £450 post-dated cheques)

If the full Professional Certificate is not what you are looking for, individual modules/1 weekend can be booked by clicking here.

The Professional Certificate in Therapeutic Practice with Sex Offenders has been developed to provide counsellors, psychotherapists and other practitioners such as psychologists, probation officers, social workers and project workers with the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to work therapeutically with this client group. The course also prepares practitioners to work with partners of such individuals and with couples, where one party is at risk of sexual offending.

The course is divided into five, two-day modules, offered at weekends.

Saturday: Arrive 09.30 for 10:00 start. Finish at 18:00

Sunday: Arrive 09.00 for 09:30 start. Finish at 16:00

Each weekend module builds upon the others in order to provide an increasingly comprehensive level of training. The prerequisite for joining the Professional Certificate is completion of StopSO’s three introductory training days:

1. Crossing the line, including legal and ethical issues

2. Assessing risk

3. Treatment interventions

Participants who can evidence significant experience of working with sex offenders may be exempt from completing the above introductory days.

If the full Professional Certificate is not what you are looking for, individual modules/1 weekend can be booked by clicking here.

Module 1

Day 1 : Saturday 23rd Mar 2019

Emotional issues for practitioners: including making best use of supervision (Andrew Smith)

Course introductions

Contracting with regard to confidentiality and conduct

Anxieties and expectations

Shame and stigma related to sexual offending

Folk Devils, Master Status

The statistical reality of sexual offending

Moral Pollution

Transference and Countertransference issues

Vicarious Traumatisation

Confirmation Bias

Principles of Reflective Practice

Examples of poor, unreflective practice

Examples of good, reflective practice

What is good supervision?

What is needed from a supervisor, when working with this particular client group?

How to make the most of supervision

Day 2 : Sunday 24th Mar 2019

Paedophiles: Offending and Non-offending (Julie Newberry)

Welcome; introductions; ground rules; aims of the day (large group session)

What it means to find oneself sexually attracted to children

Thinking about paedophilia – definitions, prevalence, aetiology, treatment

The experience of ‘Kevin’, the online paedophile community and findings from the Minor-Attracted Adult (MAA) Daily Lives Research Project

Research findings on attraction and fantasies; self-identity; experiences of support; debate and dissent within the paedophile community

Thinking about the interactions between paedophilia, online images of abuse, and sadism

‘Sexual libertarian’ and ‘child protection’ discourses in the literature

Supporting the non-offending paedophile

Film extracts from ‘The Woodsman’ and ‘The Paedophile Next Door’

A new paradigm on adult sexual attraction to children; reflecting on sexuality, abuse and hope. The implications for practice

Module 2

Day 1 : Saturday 27th Apr 2019

Attachment and Trauma Issues (Andrew Smith)

Discussion of issues arising from previous day

Summary of main learning covered so far

Four different attachment styles, and how they can relate to sexual offending

Research regarding attachment and sexual offending

What is trauma? Different types of trauma

Research regarding trauma and sexual offending

The trauma of being a victim of sexual abuse, and the relationship to sexual offending

The relationship between dysfunctional attachment, trauma, patriarchy and common schemas/implicit theories, observed in the discourses of sex offenders

Exploration of main issues arising from above

Therapeutic approaches to working with sex offenders with trauma and attachment issues

Day 2 : Sunday 28th Apr 2019

Power and Control Issues and Paraphilias (Andrew Smith)

Discussion of issues arising from previous sessions

Summary of main learning covered so far

Psychological and sociological perspectives on power

Sexual offenders with intellectual disabilities

Psychopathology, personality disordered sexual offenders

Different paraphilias

When is sado-masochism a clinical problem?

Treating voyeurs

Treating exhibitionism

Treating idiosyncratic harmful fetishes

Module 3

Day 1 : Saturday 18th May 2019

Sexual Assault and Rape (Andrew Smith)

Discussion of issues arising from previous day

Summary of main learning covered so far

What constitutes rape and different forms of rape

Different forms of rape, illustrating different motivations and different triggers

Sexual exploitation

Different therapeutic approaches to treatment for individuals who perpetrate sexual assault and rape of adults

Day 2 : Sunday 19th May 2019

Internet Offending and Sexual Addiction (Mike Sheath)

Assumptions about internet offenders: Viewers or ‘Doers,’ ‘Crossover’ and ‘Direction of travel’

‘Traditional’ sex offender theory and counselling practice

Similarities and differences between internet and contact sexual offenders

Motives for viewing Child Sexual Abuse material: cognitive, sexual, emotional, practical

Schema Theory and its applicability to ‘contact’ and ‘non-contact’ offenders

Drivers of pornography addiction, disinhibition, and collecting

The CSAM cycle. Combining traditional sex offender theory with addiction theory

Raising empathy, offering insight and control

Issues for partners (Large group discussion)

Module 4

Day 1 : Saturday 22nd Jun 2019

Working with Female Offenders (Andrew Smith)

Discussion of issues arising from previous sessions

Summary of main learning covered so far

Emotional reaction to women who sexually abuse

Theories of why more women are being convicted of sexual offences, and why the impact of female offending is often minimised

Backgrounds of females who offend

Females who offend to please men

Females who offend in ritual abuse settings

Females who offend in gang cultures

Females who offend against underage, non-related males

Females who offend against their own and other peoples’ children

Day 2 : Sunday 23rd Jun 2019

Working with Adolescents (Andrew Smith)

Discussion of issues arising from previous sessions

Summary of main learning covered so far

How did sex seem when you were an adolescent?

How adolescent sexual offending is similar and different to adult sexual offending

Adolescent sex offenders and denial

Adolescent sex offenders and victim empathy

Adolescent sex offenders with attachment trauma problems

Adolescent sex offenders with male entitlement schema

Working with adolescent sex offenders who are in care settings

Module 5

Day 1 : Saturday 20th Jul 2019

Working with Family Members (Andrew Smith)

Discussion of issues arising from previous sessions (Large group discussion)

Summary of main learning covered so far

Outline of Family System Theory

Discussion of pros and cons of System Theories

Working with other agencies, when involved with families

The lessons which can be learnt from Serious Case Reviews, in terms of inter-agency working and child sexual abuse

Who to potentially involve when working with family members and other agencies

Discussion about small group case study analysis (Large group discussion)

Day 2 : Sunday 21st Jul 2019

Couple Work (Andrew Smith)

Discussion of issues arising from previous day

Summary of main learning covered so far

Main challenges of couple work

What are we trying to achieve in couple work?

The tensions between co-dependency and improving the non-offending partner’s ability to protect

The pros and cons of couple work

Different couple work scenarios

At the end of the first day of each module, between 5 and 6pm, there is a one-hour learning group to reflect on integrating theory with practice.

Examination will be via students completing an on-going reflective learning log, and a viva. Completion of all the modules, the learning log and the viva is necessary to receive the Professional Certificate.

If the full Professional Certificate is not what you are looking for, individual modules/1 weekend can be booked by clicking here.

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