Professional Certificate General information




Approved for 55 hours CPD

Professional Certificate in Therapeutic Practice with Sex Offenders

The Professional Certificate in Therapeutic Practice with Sex Offenders has been developed to provide counsellors, psychotherapists and other practitioners such as psychologists, probation officers, social workers and project workers with the necessary knowledge, skills and tools to work therapeutically with this client group. The course also prepares practitioners to work with partners of such individuals and with couples, where one party is at risk of sexual offending.

The course is divided into five, two-day modules, offered at weekends. Saturday: Arrive 9.30 for start at 10 a.m.  Finish at 6 p.m. Sunday: Arrive 9 for 9.30 a.m.  Finish at 4 p.m. Each weekend module builds upon the others in order to provide an increasingly comprehensive level of training. The pre-requisite for joining the Diploma is completion of StopSO’s introductory training days:

  • * Crossing the line, including legal and ethical issues
  • * Assessing risk
  • * Treatment interventions
  1. Participants who can evidence significant experience of working with sex offenders may be exempt from completing the above introductory days.


Module 1 Emotional Issues for Practitioners (including making best use of supervision) (Andrew Smith)
Paedophiles: Offending and Non-offending (Sarah Goode)
Module 2 Attachment and Trauma Issues (Andrew Smith)
Power and Control Issues and Paraphilias (Andrew Smith)
Module 3 Sexual Assault and Rape (Andrew Smith)
Working with Internet Sexual Addiction/Offending (Mike Sheath)
Module 4 Working with Female Offenders (Andrew Smith)
Working with Adolescents (Andrew Smith)
Module 5 Working with Family Members (Andrew Smith)
Couple Work (Andrew Smith)

At the end of the first day of each module, between 5 and 6pm, there is a one-hour learning group to reflect on integrating theory with practice. Examination will be via students completing an on-going reflective learning log, and a viva. Completion of all the modules, the learning log and the viva is necessary to receive the Professional Certificate.

 The cost of the Certificate is £1600, which can be paid in full or in instalments




Terms & Conditions

A deposit of £250 will secure your place on the ‘Professional Certificate in Therapeutic Practice with Sex Offenders’.


x3 £450 post-dated cheques to be received within 7 days of the deposit.


Cancellations made less than 21 days before the start date will be charged in full. Any refunds will incur a 12% administration charge.

Where StopSO cancel training, we will refund your full course fee, however we will not be liable for any expenses incurred.