Reflective practice for people working with clients who have experienced non-recent childhood sexual abuse (CPD21)

Group reflection with trusted peers where you can share and learn from each other’s experiences

Supporting survivors of non-recent childhood sexual abuse can be challenging and distressing to frontline staff providing care. This interactive course provides staff with a unique opportunity to engage in reflective practice, a process that will help you gain insight into your professional practice. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences within a group setting and connect with fellow professionals in a safe and supportive space.

On completion of the course, you’ll feel more confident in problem-solving and recognise when to address, monitor, and evaluate your own values – supporting you to improve the quality of care you provide as part of your ongoing development.

Aims and learning objectives

The Trauma Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust specifically works with people affected by non-recent child sexual abuse. Our staff are psychoanalytically trained and trauma-informed in their practice.

You’ll receive expert supervision throughout your training within a leading NHS mental health trust.

This course will help you:

  • learn to value time spent thinking about your work
  • recognise your own strengths and weaknesses as part of an ongoing process
  • explore reflective practice in a group setting with colleagues in a similar role and/or position
  • discover new ways of working and compare your own practices with each other

On completion, you’ll receive a CPD certificate of your participation.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for professionals who work in mental health or adult social care. You may be working as a counsellor, therapist, mental health worker, nurse, psychiatrist, psychotherapist or group leader and supervisor in a health care setting.

Course details

This course is now closed for bookings.

The next course will run on the following dates:

SessionsDateStart timeEnd time
Session 1/6Monday 22nd May 20232pm3.30pm
Session 2/6Monday 26th June 20232pm3.30pm
Session 3/6Monday 17th July2pm3.30pm
Session 4/6Monday 18th September2pm3.30pm
Session 5/6Monday 23rd October2pm3.30pm
Session 6/6Monday 20th November2pm3.30pm

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom, and sessions will not be recorded.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking (or equivalent for Teams).

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

The reflective practice group is designed to introduce participants to some of the key ideas written about non-recent childhood abuse and to explore these in a group setting. Over six sessions, you will have the opportunity to think about your work in a confidential and supportive environment.

The group will also provide an opportunity for each participant to present a case and to think about how the learning in the group might inform your future practice.

By the end of the course, the reflective practice sessions will help to build your confidence in finding effective ways of developing relationships with severely traumatised individuals – informing and improving your practice.

What is reflective practice?

Reflective practice involves thoughtfully considering your own experiences as you make the connection between knowledge and practice, under the guidance of an experienced professional. The reflective practice model enables each participant to compare their own practices with each other and develop a creative approach to problem solving, thus leading to development and improvement.

There will be six sessions, each lasting 1.5 hours over the course of six months:

Library membership

Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership to the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.

Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection, plus reference access to all our print books.

Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying), as well as various online resources including audio/video playlists. Find out more.


“Integration between theory and experiential practice is superb.”
“Really thought provoking, made me think about my own practice.”

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