Professional Certificate Module 1 – 23rd & 24th Mar 2019



You are booking Module 1 of the Professional Certificate in Therapeutic Practice with Sex Offenders. The full Certificate, which consists of 5 modules, 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.

Module 1 timings :

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.


Venue: Premier Meetings Manchester Central (GMEX), Bishopsgate, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M2 3DW

Workshop Description

Module 1

Day 1 : Saturday 23rd Mar 2019

Emotional issues for practitioners: including making best use of supervision (Andrew Smith)

  • Course introductions
  • Contracting with regard to confidentiality and conduct
  • Anxieties and expectations
  • Shame and stigma related to sexual offending
  • Folk Devils, Master Status
  • The statistical reality of sexual offending
  • Moral Pollution
  • Transference and Countertransference issues
  • Vicarious Traumatisation
  • Confirmation Bias
  • Principles of Reflective Practice
  • Examples of poor, unreflective practice
  • Examples of good, reflective practice
  • What is good supervision?
  • What is needed from a supervisor, when working with this particular client group?
  • How to make the most of supervision

Day 2 : Sunday 24th Mar 2019

Paedophiles: Offending and Non-offending (Julie Newberry)

  • Welcome; introductions; ground rules; aims of the day (large group session)
  • What it means to find oneself sexually attracted to children
  • Thinking about paedophilia – definitions, prevalence, aetiology, treatment
  • The experience of ‘Kevin’, the online paedophile community and findings from the Minor-Attracted Adult (MAA) Daily Lives Research Project
  • Research findings on attraction and fantasies; self-identity; experiences of support; debate and dissent within the paedophile community
  • Thinking about the interactions between paedophilia, online images of abuse, and sadism
  • ‘Sexual libertarian’ and ‘child protection’ discourses in the literature
  • Supporting the non-offending paedophile
  • Film extracts from ‘The Woodsman’ and ‘The Paedophile Next Door’
  • A new paradigm on adult sexual attraction to children; reflecting on sexuality, abuse and hope. The implications for practice


Terms & Conditions

Cancellations of workshops made less than 21 days before the course start date will be charged in full. Any refunds will incur a 12% administration charge. Where we cancel the workshop, we will refund your full course fee, however we will not be liable for any expenses incurred.