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Karen Taylor

Karen worked in NHS in England with both older people and adults of working age as an RMN. She has personal experience of designing, implementing and managing innovative community care services. After leaving worked with Ron Coleman bringing the hearing voices and recovery approach to many Countries . She put all her experiences into running recovery house projects, her learning on working with psychosis is rooted in practice and living with a voice hearer for 21 years. Recovery from psychosis is possible for everyone, people can learn to understand their experience and move on. Karen has experience in working with families and believes real healing occurs when dialogue happens. Karen has co-authored the workbook, ‘Working to Recovery’ Based in Scotland, Karen is Director of ‘Working to Recovery Ltd'. She also has a Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness and is a trained spiritual companion. This has led to her setting up Midwife of the Soul.

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About this course

Statistics show that up to 1 in 6 males have experienced sexual abuse and are living with the consequences of sexual abuse.  This reality is often not acknowledged by services and by society as a whole, but it is apparent in the high level of suicide attempts, the heavy use of alcohol and drugs, aggression, prostitution, homelessness and criminal offences amongst male survivors of sexual abuse. 

Drawing on the direct experiences of the course leader and other males’, personal journeys from sexual abuse, this course has been designed for both male survivors wanting to explore and start the recovery process and practitioners, family members and friends who want to understand and help male survivors begin their recovery journey.

Through an interactive learning environment, you will be able to learn from others taking the course.  You will be presented with information to explore the perspective of sexual abuse in society, cultures, mental health services and practitioners, as you explore its context within the world. The course will help you understand what is meant by the term sexual abuse, the coping mechanisms that people adopt to live with the trauma they have experienced and consider its impact on people’s lives and males specifically.  You will be introduced to the recovery process for male survivors of sexual abuse and through a series of experiential exercises learn how to support yourself or males in beginning the process. 

The learning format/approach has been designed to meet all learning styles.  Learning formats include: documents, PowerPoints, videos, exercises/activities, additional reading and learning from each other through forums.  By the end of the course you will have gained the skills, confidence and tools both within yourself and when supporting males.  And know how to take your learning forward into your life.

PART ONE

Part One is split into two lessons - 

Lesson One  - Putting Sexual Abuse into Context

In Lesson One you will look at sexual abuse in the context of different areas/perspectives - society, cultures, mental health services, survivors of sexual abuse and practitioners.  This lesson allows you to relate all your learning to your own personal experiences.

Lesson Two  - Understanding Sexual Abuse

In Lesson Two you will look at what is meant by sexual abuse, breaking down the different elements exploring theory and the lived experience.  Drawing on your own personal experiences, the lesson pulls together all your learning as you look at the impact sexual abuse has on the person and how they learn to cope and survive.


If you want to undertake the full course (TWO PARTS), you can find this within our course catalogue.  If you enrol to the full course, we will give you a 25% discount.  However, if you prefer you can just do PART ONE at the full price.

Certificate of Module Completion

For all PARTs of this course, we offer a Certificate of Attendance, for your portfolios and satisfaction.