WMRSASC offers a comprehensive range of training aimed at both individuals and organisations working with or supporting young people and/or adults.

We offer bespoke training courses designed to meet the specific needs of the organisations that request their own training course / programme.

Our new training also offers the opportunity for individuals to attend our one-day courses in and around Worcester City Centre.

Awareness of Rape

The aim of this training is to raise awareness of the issues surrounding rape. It explores the worker’s own perceptions of rape and challenges myths, fears and stereotypical images surrounding the subject.

Areas of discussion are:

  • Rape awareness – keeping safe, developing safe practices
  • The extent of sexual violence
  • Definitions of sexual behaviours
  • Dealing with disclosure
  • Rape Trauma Syndrome – physical, emotional and behavioural effects on survivors
  • Police procedures and the criminal justice system
  • Why men and women don’t report rape
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Frequently adopted coping strategies
  • Male Rape – the impact on male victims

Awareness of Sexual Abuse

The aim of this training course is to raise awareness of the issues surrounding sexual abuse. We aim to challenge commonly held myths and beliefs about child sexual abuse and survivors themselves and examine the long-term effects of this abuse.

We aim to dispel some of the fears of workers who may be faced with disclosure of abuse and seek to equip the worker with both strategies and the confidence to deal with disclosure.

Areas of discussion include:

  • Indicators of abuse
  • Indicators of abusers
  • The healing journey – stages of recovery
  • Awareness of issues surrounding sexual abuse
  • Links to self harming behaviours, eating disorders and substance misuse
  • The extent of sexual violence
  • Why survivors don’t report abuse
  • Grooming
  • Effects of sexual abuse: behavioural, emotional and cognitive
  • Ritual abuse
  • Frequently adopted coping strategies

Awareness of Self Harm/ Self Injury

This course addresses the reasons why people self harm or injure. It explores the distinction between self-injury and suicide whilst challenging and developing the workers understanding of the subject.

We consider safe practices, dealing with disclosure and impact on workers.
Topics of discussion include:

  • Self-Injury background
  • What is self-injury?
  • Issues self injury raises for workers
  • Why people self injure
  • The needs of those who self injure
  • Professional approaches to self-injury
  • Skills development
  • Reviewing our own practice
  • Looking at workers needs
  • Exploring alternatives to self injury

Awareness of Eating Disorders

This course examines the three most common eating disorders – anorexia, bulimia and binge eating. We consider why people develop eating disorders, how these manifest and issues for clients and workers

Young People’s Programmes

Aimed at 15 – 19 year olds, our young peoples programme focuses on developing safe practices and awareness raising. This course sensitively addresses the basic issues and facts surrounding rape, sexual abuse, drink/drug assisted rape and personal safety.

Effective Communication / Basic Counselling Skills

Many roles can be enhanced by the use of basic counselling skills to encourage clients to talk and to enable workers to offer better support.

This course involves the development and use of basic skills, encouraging workers to be able to actively listen to what is being said and respond appropriately.

These techniques can be applied in dealing with disclosure, working with emotional clients and/or situations as well as in the workers everyday role.

Effective Support over the Telephone

Many clients use the telephone as their primary means of contact with and organisations, furthermore many workers use the telephone in their everyday role and often support clients in this way. But are they doing this effectively?

This short course looks at telephone techniques, how to deal with silent or emotional callers, how to deal with difficult callers and how to offer effective support over the telephone.

If you would like more information, to book a training course or to be added to our mailing list please contact our main office:

West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre
PO Box 240

01905 611655

Please leave your details on the answer phone if necessary and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.