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Trauma Informed Safeguarding – Working Therapeutically with Interpersonal Violence and FGM

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DATE: Friday 26th March 2021

TIME: 10am - 4.30pm

VENUE: Online/Zoom


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Shana is very passionate about safeguarding and supporting children in having a voice. She has a lovely heart and ensures the welfare of children is paramount.


  • Are you interested in the links between violence and trauma and keen to understand how to explore these through a safeguarding lens?
  • Do you work therapeutically with clients and feel you could benefit from strengthening your knowledge of FGM, Interpersonal Violence and Domestic Abuse?
  • Would you like support to understand and manage risk in the therapy room?
  • Maybe you want to develop your knowledge of working with other agencies and how to make disclosures?

About The Course

Based on the principles of couple and relationship therapy, this 2-day weekend workshop is designed to help romantic partners to learn or rediscover the skills of conscious communication. Through group learning and experiential work in your couple or relationship, you will have opportunities to tune into one another, explore the needs behind some of the challenges and look at how to shift the dynamic from conflict to connection. Participants will explore the brain science behind attraction and looks at the stages of a relationship, what keeps couples in challenge and how to change painful patterns of resentment.

Participants will leave the weekend with a toolbox of ideas to strengthen communication in your relationship and the understanding about what your and your partner(s) unmet needs might be.

The course is limited to very small numbers – a maximum 6 couples, so the learning and support can be tailored to each of you.

This deep work can support to heal and reconnect you in a gentle, non-judgemental and compassionate way.

Who Should Attend?

This course is ideal for anyone in a relationship. Whether you have been together for months, years or even decades, whether you are two partners or more, monogamous, non-monogamous, polyamorous or separated. We celebrate gender, sexual and relationship diversity and welcome all levels of experience in speaking about emotions.

Meet Your Trainers

Rima Hawkins has always promoted education and training of practitioners as a qualified teacher, facilitated and spoke at various national and international conferences on sexual & reproductive health issues and violence & abuse over 20 years. She was seconded to the Department of Health and the Home Office to develop the national roll out for the Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) following successfully leading the pilot in London (SARC – Havens). Rima received commendation from the Asst Commissioner of London Metropolitan Police for this work. She was the director of an interim training organisation working with the Royal colleges (RCPCH, RCGP, RCN and RCP) to further qualify doctors and nurses to professionally work with sexual violence. Rima also worked as a special officer in the Metropolitan Police force.

Rima qualified as a therapist in the early nineties working in sexual health and HIV and has continued to work in sexual wellbeing of patients and clients in the NHS and privately. Rima is a COSRT accredited and UKCP registered Relationship and Psychosexual psychotherapist and a supervisor. Rima has her private practice in Fulham, London and her primary model of working is Humanistic-Integrative Psychotherapy.  Rima is a trained trauma therapist working with EMDR protocols associated with trauma generated pain and has a particular interest in trans-generational and cultural trauma in relationships.

Rima offers a balanced therapeutic and management view of adult safeguarding relating to interpersonal violence, having worked in both roles.

Shana Laffy is a qualified therapist (MBAC), parenting coach and well-being consultant working with children, adults, and couples. She teaches on the ‘Certificate in working with Couples and Other Relationships’ run-in collaboration with The Grove and specialised in supporting conscious communication in relationships. Shana delivers training and coaching across the country, both to parents and professionals with a focus on Emotion Coaching, attachments and neuroscience. She brings knowledge from a variety of lead roles in teaching, social care and educational consultancy. Shana is the designated safeguarding lead for a mental health organisation.

Additional Information

Cost: £400 per couple for the weekend

This includes access to an exclusive resources bank and a PDF of the training slides.

Cancellation Policy

In the unlikely event that the training is cancelled by the organiser a full refund will be issued. Cancellation of a booking by the participant must be received in writing. A non-refundable admin fee of £50 is always retained for non-attendance. The organiser will seek to offer other training dates and if this is not possible for the participant who is cancelling then charges apply as follows: (A) 2 weeks before the course: 50% of the fee [B] Less than 2 weeks before the course: 100% of the fee due. If the course is full and there are people on the waiting list whereby it is possible to fill the space, a refund may be offered less the admin fee. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as used for purchasing within 14 days of the cancellation.

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Feedback from participants:

Shana shared her knowledge with us about how to keep clients safe. She was clear, non-judgemental and gave real insight into the importance of safeguarding in therapy.


Rima, thank you for the excellent training yesterday. It was very useful and I have taken away some good ideas. The info graphics are great and and case examples/ real life client examples definitely for me help cement the knowledge. Thank you!