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Participants will receive a CPD certificate for 6 hours’ training, based on attendance and participation during the workshop.
When Matt was eight years old, he was targeted by a group of predatory paedophiles who subjected him to 18-months of horrific sexual abuse in the public toilets of local parks and on the sea front of his hometown. He was too ashamed and scared to tell anyone what had happened…not his parents, friends or family.
In his new book, A Small Boy Smiling, Matt tells a remarkable story of survival and overcoming the trauma, guilt and shame of childhood sexual abuse, teenage alcoholism, sexual anorexia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. His lifelong search for peace, love and healing culminates in personal spiritual awakening and a desire to help other survivors of sexual abuse to discover their own healing.
The book includes a chapter written by Matt’s trauma therapist Sarah Paton Briggs, called Soulful Space: Reflections On My Therapy Work With Matt. Matt invited Sarah to pull back the curtain of client/therapist confidentiality and write a chapter about his therapy sessions with her from the therapist’s perspective. Since the book was published earlier this year, Matt has been busy promoting the book with public talks. Both he and Sarah were invited to discuss the book on BBC 5 Live’s Stephen Nolan show, in June 2018. An article (which presents an overview of Matt’s journey of healing) entitled Trying To Make Sense Of It All, has subsequently been published on the Survivors UK and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA) websites. He runs a therapeutic group for survivors of CSA in London, to support their recovery and hold a compassionate space together. A link to the Radio 5 Live interview and the articles can be found at www.mattcareybooks.com
Matt has enjoyed working in the world of entertainment for over twenty years, as a theatre manager, organiser of several prestigious international festivals, and of large-scale community-based cultural projects supporting children and young people.
Sarah is Clinical Director of The Grove Practice, where she has held a management role for over 10 years. She is a supervisor accredited by BACP and by COSRT. As an accredited psychotherapist, psychosexual & relationship therapist, drug & alcohol counsellor, Sarah has a wealth of experience working with adult clients, either as individuals or couples. She brings an engaging and relational approach to her client work.
Trauma is a significant area of her practice, especially sexual trauma and sexual violence. Sarah has worked with many survivors of childhood sexual abuse, supporting them in making sense of what has happened and encouraging them to process what has happened so that they can reconstruct more confidence and purpose in life. Sarah works in a trauma-informed way.
Equine-facilitated therapy is a gentle yet profound way that Sarah supports trauma clients, many of whom have survived unwanted sexual experiences. The horses usually guide clients in setting healthier boundaries and building trust through safe touch.
Sarah also teaches on The Grove’s supervision course, given her experience in supervising therapists through each stage of their professional development: as trainees, then qualified therapists, plus supporting supervisees towards BACP accreditation or UKCP registration. Her clinical management role at the practice also involves the practical application of ethical principles including boundaries, contracting, confidentiality, balancing the client’s autonomy with upholding the role of the therapist, all within the commercial context of The Grove.
Applicants are expected to be qualified and expereience professionals in a helping profession, who are secure in their mode of practice. This will be covered in the application form. All applicants are expected to:
The Grove Practice is accredited by NCP (National Council for Psychotherapists) as a CPD training centre. As such, all The Grove’s courses are awarded NCP accreditation for CPD (Continuous Professional Development). This accreditation provides reassurance regarding high standards of teaching and course content.
This course is approved by COSRT (the College of Sex and Relationship Therapy) for 6 hours of CPD (Continuous Professional Development). This CPD approval by COSRT gives quality assurance of relevance of the material to the practice of sex and relationship therapy.
This 1-day foundation course helps qualified therapists work more effectively with this vulnerable and traumatised client group, by providing a unique blend of theory and skills – along with an informed view from a survivor who has travelled far on his recovery journey.
Our 1-day CPD workshop designed around the voice of the adult survivor: to equip counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and other mental health professionals with skills for working therapeutically with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). The workshop focuses on working with individual clients – rather than couples or groups. But if you are a practitioner who is already experienced in group work or providing group therapy, you would be welcome to adapt this learning to your work setting.