Abuse and Trauma

We have all experienced or witness abuse or trauma in some form and therefore it is inevitable that our clients will bring this into the therapy room. This unit has a particular emphasis on recognising our own traumas and exploring our life stories. It is only when we recognise the impact that our own trauma has in our lives that makes us safe, ethical therapists.

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to explore definitions of abuse and trauma and apply them to the counselling process in an ethical manner, making use of supervision where appropriate.  This unit looks at the term ‘abuse’ and ‘trauma’ in a broad sense and considers social, psychological and physical abuse as well as sexual abuse and the ongoing impact of complex post traumatic stress and post traumatic stress.  

The unit covers models of abuse, legal aspects and confidentiality. The unit emphasises the effects of counselling people who have experienced abuse or trauma on both client and counsellor, as well as the need for supervision. In addition to current care pathways and management of PTSD, we will specifically explore the Rewind technique. 

Learning and Assessment

Assessment will be in the form of practical demonstration of skills and subsequent analysis of interventions made.  Learners should demonstrate their skills and capabilities by generating a specific abuse scenario(s) provided and appropriately managed by the tutor. They should then be able to analyse which models and/or theories underpinned their interventions and how these affect the counselling process.  

Learners will also build a toolkit of more creative approaches to working with abuse and trauma through the use of life scripts (Berne), fairy tales and storytelling.