Working with Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

  • Certification: IICP will issue a CPD Certificate of Attendance. CPD: 6 hours

  • QQI: N/A

  • Cost: €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)

    • NOTE: Summer Series Special Offer – Book any two workshops and get a third free (cannot be used in conjunction with alumni discount)
  • Date: Saturday 22nd July 2023

  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • Delivery: Onsite in our Tallaght Campus


Child Sexual Abuse is an impactful experience; disruptive to developmental and relational processes in ways that arrest the nervous system within the stress responses and are deleterious to interpersonal relationships (such as within families, friendships, and with intimate partners). Moreover, the intrapersonal effects and psychosocial impacts on the development of trust in oneself and in others can be felt by those affected across their lifespan. Recovery for adults who experienced Sexual Abuse in childhood often contains the rewarding pearls and painful pitfalls that come with trauma and grief work in counselling and psychotherapy. So, do adult survivors tell us they need from Counseling and Psychotherapy in order to help them heal from CSA? This workshop aims to inform participants of the lived experience of the CSA survivor, what they say is helpful in therapy and what is not helpful. Additionally, current mandated reporting implications for therapy and what works to help ensure any rupture is either avoided or identified and managed well will also be addressed.

The course will cover:

  • An overview of the adult CSA survivor.
  • What clients say works in therapy.
  • The therapeutic relationship and attributes of a counsellor working with adult clients of CSA.
  • Moral Distress.
  • Boundaries and self-care.
  • Reflexive Practice.
  • Guideposts for resources, including Children First and Mandated Reporting.


  • Saturday 22nd July 2023, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Who Should Apply:

  • This workshop is for mental health practitioners who are working with/interested in working therapeutically with Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse


  • The college will issue a certificate of attendance to those who take this workshop.
  • CPD: 6 hours


  • €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)
  • This course is part of IICP’s Summer Series and eligible for our 3 for 2 offer so book any two summer series workshops and get a third one free!

    • Note: The discount for IICP Students / Alumni and VCS Counsellors cannot be used in conjunction with the 3 for 2 offer.


  • This workshop will take place onsite in our Tallaght Campus.

Getting Started

Applications to this course are done online using the link below. If you have any queries, please contact the office on 01 4664205 or call Triona on 086 0499154.

Simply click the below button to be brought to our online application process. When prompted, please select ‘Summer Series’, then select ‘Working with Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse – July 2023‘ and complete the form.

Online Application Form

About the Programme Facilitator

Pamela Patchell
Pamela PatchellMIACP. MA in Pluralistic Counselling & Psychotherapy, BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy, Professional Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling and Psychotherapy, Professional Certificate in CBT and QQI L6 Train the Trainer.
Pam worked in Childcare before a career change to Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2009. Pam has worked in Child Advocacy, completed an internship in One in Four, and volunteered in low cost counselling services between 2014-2017. Currently Pam manages a small private practice in the midlands, and serves as an NED on the VCS board of Directors. Her main interests are Pluralistic Clinical Practice, Bereavement Loss & Grief, Trauma Recovery, CSA recovery, Ethics, and Theory. Pam published an article ‘Self-Care and the Wounded Healer,’ in Éisteach – Summer 2013.

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