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

A safe and regular space to think about the complexity of this work alongside your peers and other professionals

In recent years more and more information is coming into the public eye about the extent of non-recent childhood sexual abuse amongst those experiencing mental health problems. Working with these clients can be challenging and distressing to those frontline staff offering them a service.

There is often limited training and specialist supervision in this area which can leave providers feeling ill equipped and unsure about the most effective ways of providing support to these deeply traumatised individuals.

Aims and learning objectives

The reflective practice group is designed to introduce participants to some of the key ideas written about this subject and to explore these in a group setting.

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 their future practice.

Who is this course for?

This course is for counsellors and therapists. Participants will be expected to present a case in one of the six sessions.

Course details

The Tavistock Trauma Unit

The Trauma Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust will be running a series of six reflective practice groups for staff working with survivors of non-recent childhood sexual abuse who feel they would benefit from having a regular space to think about the complexity of this work with other professionals.

The groups will be one and a half hours in length and will provide an opportunity to think about the work in a confidential and supportive environment.

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:

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.

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.

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 superb.”
“Really thought provoking, made me think about my own practice.”

Course facilitators

Book your place today

You can book a place at any time. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before the course starts with detailed joining instructions.

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