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 6th July 2024
  • 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, understanding the long-term impacts and how this manifest in relationships and inevitably in therapeutic relationships. Understanding how to work with this with a specific focus on the dynamics that emerge ‘in the room’. For many years, the focus has been on clerical sexual abuse, however many individuals are now presenting with intra-familial or sibling and online experiences of sexual abuse. This brings a very different dynamic to the therapeutic space and the presentation of the clients that needs to be understood to support both the client and therapist. 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.
  • An overview of sibling sexual abuse and online sexual abuse and the long-term impacts and implications for the victim.
  • What clients say works in therapy.
  • The therapeutic relationship and attributes of a counsellor working with adult clients of CSA with a specific focus on the context i.e. intra or extra-familial abuse.
  • Moral Distress.
  • Boundaries and self-care.
  • Reflexive Practice.
  • Guideposts for resources, including Children First and Mandated Reporting.


  • Saturday 6th July 2024, 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 ‘SS 2024 July Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse’ and complete the form.

Online Application Form

About the Programme Facilitator

Eileen Finnegan
Eileen FinneganMSc in Systemic/Family Therapy
Eileen has studied extensively over the past thirty years, achieving MSc in Systemic/Family Therapy, is a qualified Supervisor, Forensic Psychotherapist, Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapist, Gestalt Psychotherapist, and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Trauma Informed Sensory Motor Trauma Therapist. Specialist in Dynamics of Attachment in Adult Life. She is a Restorative Justice Practitioner, Mediator, and Private Consultant/Supervisor. She lectures at IICP College and UCD.
Restorative Justice Practitioner, Mediator, Lecturer, and Trainer, is a member of IACP, IAHIP, EAP, FTAI.
Additional qualifications include a Post Graduate Certificate in A.T.S.O. (Assessment and Treatment of Offenders) from Leicester University. Eileen is licensed to use the STATIC99R, STABLE, and ACUTE 2007 and the SOAP108 Case Formulation Planning, Armadillo, AIM 2, CASP-R following her training with the Justice Institute of British Columbia and Leonard Consultancy.
Eileen is the Chair of NOTA (National Organisation for the Treatment of Abuse) Ireland, the Chair of the Advisory Committee of STOP it NOW Ireland, is on the Governing Body of I.A.H.I.P. and Editorial Board of F.T.A.I. Eileen has delivered training on the many aspects of ‘sexual violence‘, Restorative Justice, and family dynamics at conferences in Ireland and Europe. Eileen has published articles in therapeutic journals for SAGE, IACP (Eisteach) , IAHIP (Inside Out)