Our vision is to lessen the impact and incidence of sexual violence and abuse and to achieve a society which no longer tolerates these crimes.

Information about the Training

This intensive 14 day training, beginning in November, is for counsellors and psychotherapists who wish to deepen their knowledge and enhance their understanding and skills for working in this complex area. On successful completion of the training, participants may be offered the opportunity to join the team of volunteer counsellors in the Galway Rape Crisis Centre. GRCC maintain a very high standard of counselling expertise in our work – all of our counsellors are fully qualified and/or accredited with IAHIP/IACP and have additional expertise in the area of sexual violence. Regular peer support/supervision and ongoing CPD are a core element of our work and available to our volunteer counsellors. Suitable candidates who complete this specialist training will enable us to expand our team of volunteer counsellors in the Centre.

Joining as a Volunteer Counsellor you will

Make a difference in the lives of survivors of sexual violence and their families.

Work as part of a team of staff and volunteers in Galway Rape Crisis Centre who provide a much needed service for Galway and the surrounding counties

Gain valuable experience in working in the area of sexual violence.

Receive in house supervision and support

Cost of counselling insurance covered

The Training Programme

The programme is informed by over 25 years of counselling survivors of sexual abuse and violence and draws on a range of theoretical models including trauma theory, body centred psychotherapies, attachment theory and mindfulness self-awareness. It is designed to build on the existing knowledge and skills of participants and equip them to work with sexual violence and abuse in a client –centred and integrative way.

The programme involves experiential exercises, the use of video material, theoretical input, case studies, role plays and group interaction.

Course requirements

The course is open to accredited and pre-accredited counsellors and psychotherapists who have a genuine interest in working in this area.

All participants are required to have done personal process work and have the ability to reflect on themselves and their practice.

Participants should be willing and have access to their own personal therapy should issues arise for them during the course.

Participants will meet with the trainers for feedback and reflection midway and at the end of the course. To facilitate this process participants will be required to keep a reflective journal of their journey and learning throughout the course.

Application Process

Complete application form and return, as outlined, by Friday the 20th of October 2017

Meetings will be arranged between applicants and the training team, prior to selection, in late September and during October

The training will run on one weekend a month on the following dates:

11th & 12th of November, 2nd & 3rd of December, 20th & 21st of January,

17th & 18th of February, 14th & 15th of April, 12th & 13th of May, 9th & 10th of June

Issues covered in the course will include

  • The impact of societal conditioning, attitudes and myths on survivors of sexual violence.
  • Guiding principles in counselling survivors of sexual violence.
  • Post- traumatic stress syndrome and the impact of sexually traumatic experiences.
  • Dynamics of child sexual abuse and attachment issues
  • An overview of the counselling process in relation to sexual abuse and violence.
  • Creating safety: resourcing the client and preventing re-traumatisation.
  • Confidentiality and Child Protection Issues,
  • Deepening the process: working with emotions, sensations and the body.
  • Working with some co presenting issues like suicide ideation, self-harm, eating disorders and addictions.
  • Crisis counselling in the aftermath of rape and sexual assault.
  • Medical and legal issues in relation to rape and sexual assault.
  • Dynamics and transferential issues in the counselling relationship with survivors of sexual violence and trauma.
  • Sexuality and sensuality
  • Perpetrators profiles and cycles of behaviour
  • Vicarious traumatisation


Click here to download the application

Please return  to ‘The Clinical Manager, Galway Rape Crisis Centre, The Lodge, Forster Court, Galway or email to marian@grcc.ie.

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