Reflective practice for people working with clients who have experienced historical childhood sexual abuse (HCSA)

Course overview

In recent years more and more information is coming into the public eye about the extent of childhood sexual abuse amongst those experiencing mental health problems.

Working with these clients can be challenging and distressing to those frontline staff offering them a service. There is often limited training and specialist supervision in this area which can leave providers feeling ill equipped and unsure about the most effective ways of providing support to these deeply traumatised individuals.

The Trauma Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust will be running a series of six reflective practice groups for staff working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse who feel they would benefit from having a regular space to think about the complexity of this work with other professionals.

The groups will be one and a half hours in length and will provide an opportunity to think about the work in a confidential and supportive environment.

Reflective practice involves thoughtfully considering your own experiences as you make the connection between knowledge and practice, under the guidance of an experienced professional. The reflective practice model enables each participant to compare their own practices with each other and develop a creative approach to problem solving, thus leading to development and improvement.

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.
You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the course start date.
Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

This course is now full. Please contact us at to be added to our expression of interest list for the next cohort.


This course is now full. Please contact us at to be added to our expression of interest list for the next cohort.

Included in your course fee, you will receive full online membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.

Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection plus reference access to all our print books. Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you to navigate our comprehensive electronic collections.  PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use.

Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists and Subject Updates, to help you stay on top of latest developments, as well as regularly sharing helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:

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