Accredited and Pre Accredited Counsellors

Opportunity for Volunteer Counselling Hours with Galway Rape Crisis Centre via a Specialist Training in Working with Sexual Violence


Joining as a Volunteer Counsellor you will:

  • Receive specialist training in working with sexual violence issues.
  • 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.

Specialist Training in Working with Sexual Violence                                                                                                              

  • The training can also be undertaken as a stand-alone professional training in the area of sexual violence.

Information about the Training

This is an intensive 14-day training, beginning at the end of September 2018. The training is primarily intended for counsellors and psychotherapists who are able to commit to volunteer counselling hours.

The training can also be undertaken as a stand-alone professional training in the area of sexual violence.

Through the training counsellors / psychotherapists will deepen their knowledge, understanding and skills for working in this complex area. On successful completion of the training suitable candidates will join our team of volunteer counsellors in the Centre.
GRCC maintain a very high standard of counselling expertise in our work – all of our counsellors are fully qualified 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.

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.

In relation to volunteers there will be an interview at the end of the training to assess suitability to begin practice at GRCC. Volunteers will be asked to see on average 2 clients a week for up to 2 years.

Course Fee                                                                                                                                                                                 

As a Professional Training €800
As a Volunteer Counsellor €300 deposit to be returned on completion of 100 client hours.

Application Process
Complete application form and return, as outlined, by the 20th of September 2018. Place are limited so early application is advisable.
On receipt of application meetings will be arranged between applicants and the training team, prior to selection.

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

29th and 30th of September, 3rd and 4th of Nov, 1st and 2nd of December 2018
12th and 13th of January, 9th and 10th of February, 2nd and 3rd of March and 6th and 7th of April 2019

Issues covered on 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.
Download your application form here

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