Dealing with Disclosures

Responding to Sensitive Disclosures/ Emotional First Aid (4 hour workshop)

Sexual abuse is difficult to talk about, and difficult to hear about. People in our communities may be asking for help for the first time ever when they tell us about harm and abuse. ‘Dealing with Disclosures’ is a workshop that can help you develop the skills and confidence to respond appropriately when someone discloses that they have experienced sexual violence, that they have sexually assaulted someone or that they are concerned about someone.

This workshop covers the kinds of situations that your team might be in when receiving disclosures of people’s experience of harm and disclosures of concerning behaviour, the impact of sexual violence and an overview of the effects of trauma on the brain. The workshop will model safe language and strategies for managing these experiences and discuss methods of referral, self-care and safety.

Participants will explore helpful skills to respond if someone discloses that they have experienced sexual harm or that they have harmed someone.

Participants have the opportunity to develop a personal action plan for when they receive disclosures in their professional roles, explore self-care strategies and the establishment of personal and professional boundaries.

I feel better equipped with disclosures now, thanks to this training. I also feel confident and have no reservations with referring to HELP – the service sounds really incredible.”

Really good, really enlightening – should be an essential part of any organisation.”

“Fantastic, excellent, knowledgeable facilitation. Very safe space for discussion. A privilege to be able to attend today.”

Dealing with Disclosures for Managers (4 hour workshop)

This workshop explores best practice in supporting an employee disclosing their experience of harm in the workplace. We recommend this programme for anyone responsible for managing and suppporting staff.

Programme Objectives:

  • Define sexual harm and bullying
  • Exploring the impacts of sexual harassment and bullying
  • Identify barriers to disclosure
  • Respond safely and appropriately to disclosures of sexual harm
  • Understand the impacts of sexual harm
  • Explore a Restorative Approach to handling complaints
  • Manage responses to disclosures with robust personal and professional boundaries
  • Know how to safely and appropriately refer someone on to specialist support services
  • Strategies for self-care
  • Develop an action plan for response

For more information, email judy@sexualabuseprevention.org