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TST Accredited Training for ISVAs and ISVA Services

Please find below details of TST Workshops and Accredited Training Programmes.

If you are interested in knowing about future TST ISVA practitioner training courses, please contact Sarah at sarah.cheadle@thesurvivorstrustwales.org to be added to the ISVA info circulation list.

ISVA Practice Development Working with Male Victims

One day workshops

Building on its successful training for Independent Sexual Violence Advisors and ISVA Service Managers, and in response to calls for more in-depth training for working with male victims, The Survivors Trust has now collaborated with leading UK experts to develop a one day workshop specifically aimed at developing effective practice for ISVAs supporting male victims of sexual violence and abuse.

The workshop has been designed to enable ISVA practitioners to develop their knowledge and understanding of the issues male victims face in disclosing sexual trauma, seeking effective support and gaining access to justice processes.

Who is the workshop for?

  • ISVA Practitioners
  • Support Workers
  • ISVA Service Managers
  • Service Managers

Workshop dates:

16th November 2012


Cost per delegate £200
TST Member Agency Rate £175


TBC (Rygbi, Swydd Warwick)

Delegates will develop their knowledge of:

  • Male sexual victimisation, male rape and childhood sexual abuse – age, relationships, settings
  • The impact of sexual victimisation on masculinity, sexual orientation, gender stereotypes and social acceptance
  • Sexual offending behaviour towards males – grooming, exploitation, revenge
  • Victim to offender – challenging myths/creating understanding
  • Sexual Violence and Abuse Risk and Needs Assessment
  • Effective professional practice and boundaries
  • Managing referrals – health, welfare, counselling
  • Supporting male victims in the criminal justice system

Working with Male Victims Course Tutors:

Duncan Craig, Service Director, Goroeswyr Manceinion

Duncan Craig is the Founder and Service Director for Survivors Manchester, a survivor-led/survivor-run charitable organisation supporting adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape in Greater Manchester. Following a 10 year career in Arts Marketing and PR, Duncan began working in a busy City Centre needle exchange whilst undertaking his therapy training. His work within drug and harm reduction services developed and his work began to focus on supporting male and female sex workers, those affected by HIV and Hep C, and young adults sexual health. Having spent clinical time in both NHS and voluntary sector services, Duncan then qualified as an Integrative Therapist and in 2010 he returned to education and graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Counselling (with Dist). In his work Duncan delivers training to many organisations, including being a key trainer with Greater Manchester Police on their Initial Action Rape Investigation Course and is a strategic board member of St Mary’s SARC. Outside his work at Survivors Manchester, Duncan continues to offer his services as a therapist at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, consults on a project working with young men at risk of sexual exploitation; and continues to engage in academic research and writing on the subject of sexual abuse of boys and men.

Michael May, Senior Manager, Survivors UK

Michael May is a senior manager at SurvivorsUK, a charity that has been providing counselling and emotional support for male victims of sexual violation and their families for over 25 years.

Michael’s work with male victims includes developing and delivering support services. Independent of his work with SurvivorsUK, Michael co-founded and set-up Survivors Fellowship London, a peer to peer support group for adult male survivors.

Booking information:

Please contact Sarah at sarah.cheadle@thesurvivorstrustwales.org for a booking form.

The Survivors Trust Accredited Training for ISVA Practitioners

Course Dates:

Session 1 Foundation Skills and Knowledge for ISVAs 28 a 29 November 2013
Session 2 Planning and Protection 23 a 24 January 2014
Session 3 Effective Partnerships 27 a 28 February 2014
Session 4 Communication, Diversity and Equality 27 a 28 March 2014
Session 5 ISVAs in Action – Court and Beyond 10 a 11 April 2014

The aims of the ISVA Practitioner Programme are:

  1. To provide high quality training specific to the role of ISVA working with rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse and childhood sexual abuse;
  2. To equip ISVA practitioners with the information and skills they need to work effectively for and on behalf of their clients and to provide a clear understanding of the role of an ISVA including partnership working and inter-agency work on sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse;
  3. To promote and work on the principle that this Programme is recognised nationally for practice working with sexual violence and abuse issues;
  4. To ensure all victims of sexual crime gain appropriate care and provision to help towards the recovery process.

Course Costs:

£1,900 for The Survivors Trust Member Organisations.
£2,000 for Voluntary Sector Organisations.
£2,000 for Statutory Sector Sexual Violence Service .

ISVA Entry Requirements:

Participation in this course will involve use of IT and internet systems, including Word, Excel and Internet Explorer. If this will pose any difficulties, please contact Fay Maxted on 01788 550554 to discuss.

Acceptance on the ISVA Training Programme is conditional upon participants being supported to attend the course by the organisation they are employed by.

Establishing an ISVA Service The Survivors Trust Accredited Training

Did you know ISVA Services don’t have to be government funded?
Agencies that set up ISVA Services report improved partnership working with local statutory services and increased opportunities for funding from local authorities, police and health.

Establishing an effective ISVA Service is not an easy achievement. There are many challenges to overcome and some hidden difficulties that only time and experience can reveal. This training is a must for any agency/individual wanting to develop an ISVA Service.

Providing institutional advocacy and support for victims of sexual violence is challenging and demanding – sometimes exhausting, but ultimately rewarding. ISVA service delivery demands a supportive working environment that will encourage self-reflection and self-care alongside robust safeguarding procedures and knowledge of legal processes. Recruitment and retention processes are vitally important, and sometimes performance has to be managed to ensure safe practice. Finally, the service must be able to demonstrate effective outcomes for clients and stakeholders. Partnership working is crucial – service level agreements and referral pathways are essential cornerstones for ensuring the service successfully and professionally meets the needs of victims/survivors.

New dates to be announced shortly.

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