If you are a Social Worker, Psychologist, Child and Youth Care Worker, Social Auxiliary Worker or Counsellor working with victims of sexual abuse and their families / caregivers this course is tailor made just for you.
In South Africa, the police recorded 40,035 rapes in 2017/18, up from 39,828 in 2016/17. An average of 110 rapes was recorded by the police each day.
The Optimus Study SA shows that sexual abuse of children and adolescents is widespread: 36.8% of boys and 33.9% of girls reported some form of sexual abuse. That is, overall, 35.4% – one in every three adolescents – reported having experienced some form of sexual abuse at some point in their lives.
Research indicates that there is considerable variation in parental reactions to their sexually abused children following disclosure. Those reactions range from excessive protectiveness to hostility towards the victim, with consequent rejection. In most cases, a child does not recant as a result of their own thought processes but recants because of outside influences, in most cases pressure from family members. As counsellor you will know that if the disclosure was made to the parent and it was not well accepted it can have a lifelong devastating psychological impact on the child.
Researchers are therefore of the opinion that carrying out only therapeutic work with a child who has been abused is rarely sufficient to effect significant change. Parents, guardians or caregiver should be directly involved in any and all processes concerning the child to bring about any healing and prevent recanting. Parents, guardians and caregivers can very easily undo all the hard work put into counselling sessions, homes visits and so on.
The course material has a fresh and new outlook on therapeutic work with the sexually abused child – taking the ‘blame’ off the child and involving his/her ‘loved’ ones.
The training intervention topics are of such a nature that you will be able to confidently counsel sexually abused children and their families. Legal aspects are a must for all social workers and in this course it is hands on, easily explained to give you the courage to speak with confidence in this field with any stakeholder. Spruce up on your theory, and get some creative input with regards to counselling parents and children.