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The Role of Coercive Control in Sexual Relationships: from flirting and banter to sexual harassment and rape – with Christiane Sanderson

October 17 @ 10:00 am-4:00 pm

£95 – £105
Christiane Sanderson event 2020

This is an ONLINE EVENT with PowerPoint presentation, live discussion, Q&A and breakout rooms


With increased disclosure and reporting of sexual harassment, this training aims to explore the spectrum of sexual violence from flirting and banter to sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and rape. It will examine how coercive control and the abuse of power and authority manifest in sexual violence. The workshop will identify the range of behaviours seen in sexual violence and how these manifest in perpetrators, in particular the use of shame and complicity to ensure secrecy and silence which prevent survivors from giving voice to, or being able to legitimise their experiences.

The role of shame further serves to reduce disclosure and reporting of sexual violence. With this in mind, the workshop will explore ways in which professionals and practitioners can facilitate disclosure, and support survivors through the process of voicing their experiences in order to minimise the risk of further re-traumatisation and secondary stigmatisation.

We will consider the range of sexual violence, including the various forms of adult rape, transgender rape as well as rape and sexually harmful behaviour perpetrated by children. Alongside this, the impact of rape and sexual violence on victims and the long term effects on survivors will be examined and contextualised within a trauma framework. The aim is to enhance awareness and understanding of the nature and dynamics of rape and sexual violence, and how professionals and practitioners can help to restore power and control to survivors, and help them to reclaim their voice without fear of being stigmatised or pathologised, so that they can recover and heal.

Topics covered include…

  • Distinguishing between terms and definitions
  • When does flirting or banter become sexual harassment
  • The range of sexual violence
  • Understanding the role of power and control in sexual violence
  • Unpacking use of charm, grooming and gaslighting to exert coercive control
  • Examine the full spectrum of sexual assault and rape and sexually harmful behaviour in children
  • The use of shame and complicity to ensure silence and secrecy
  • Barriers to disclosure and how this can be facilitated
  • The risk of stigmatisation and re-traumatisation by others such as family and friends, the media and the criminal justice system
  • The impact and long term effects of sexual violence and rape
  • The importance of contextualising sexual violence and rape within a trauma framework
  • How to minimise re-traumatisation and secondary stigmatisation
  • How professionals and practitioners can facilitate disclosure and support survivors through the process of recovery and healing

Christiane Sanderson

Christiane Sanderson BSc MSc is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton. With 28 years’ experience working in child sexual abuse, interpersonal trauma and domestic abuse, she has run consultancy and training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, the NSPCC and the Refugee Council. She is the author of many books on trauma, shame, childhood sexual abuse, and dissociation, including Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma (JKP 2013).

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Location: Online

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£95 Early Bird before 17 Sept 2020

£105 from 17 Sept 2020

“Excellent speaker and extremely knowledgeable and approachable. Also pleased about being sent a copy of the handouts prior to the workshop”

“Christine was a treasure trove of info and was very engaging. It was enlightening, thought-provoking and gave me a myriad of ideas to take into my therapy room”

“Christiane’s presentation was high quality & the day was very engaging. She gave a clear, concise and thorough view of relational trauma and therapist self-care”

“I valued Chrissie’s energy and way of explaining things in a way that I could understand and retain”

“Speaker excellent, so concise and open, and the day was packed full of content. The experiential exercise was profoundly helpful. Really good in all aspects”

This seminar will be open to psychological therapists from all modalities (including trainees).

The vast majority of our professional CPD events are led by psychotherapists. Each delegate is responsible for self-care should material during the event trigger difficult personal feelings.

Book tickets


£95 Early Bird booking before 17th September 2020

£105 from 17th September 2020

CPD certificates supplied

Alternatively to book: email or phone 07599 369566 with the name of the event(s) you wish to attend plus the following information: your full name; postal address; best contact telephone number and job title.

Postal address for cheques: Wendy Bramham, 47C Kingsbury St, Marlborough SN8 1JE.
A confirmation and receipt will be emailed to you.


October 17
10:00 am-4:00 pm
£95 – £105


United Kingdom


Wendy Bramham
07599 369566