Course overview


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This module explores the knowledge and skills required for effective interventions with people who perpetrate or experience abuse.

We will explore motivations for abusiveness alongside the individual, relationship, community and societal factors that help or hinder abusiveness. We will explore the complex aspects of living with or escaping from abuse in adulthood. The module takes a gender informed perspective and explores why men are more vulnerable to adopting abusive responses in relationship. We will also explore why some women are abusive in intimate relationships.

Concessionary Fee eligiblity

The following students are eligible for a concessionary fee: Current Students, Goldsmith Alumni, People with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, Unemployed, Carers and Members of Professional Bodies; BACP, UKCP, ADMP, BAAT, HCPC

If you are one of the above please get in contact with in order to receive your discount code.

Why study this course at Goldsmiths?

The Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies has human relationships at its heart. Whether our students want to understand and challenge the way that vulnerable individuals and groups are disadvantaged and marginalised; to become a social worker, community and youth worker, art or dance movement therapist or counsellor; or to change people’s lives through dance, drama and music, our degrees are informed by our commitment to social justice and applied practices.

Who will teach this course?

Dr Suzanne Martin is qualified as a psychodynamic psychoanalytic psychotherapist and has practiced in the NHS, voluntary and private sector. She is a specialist in working with domestic violence and sexual abuse and has set up and managed voluntary sector services in partnership with statutory agencies. Her main practice interests lie in supporting the development of reflective practice and collaborative working in organisations working with the trauma arising from violence, abuse and marginalized status. She provides clinical supervision for a number of specialist domestic violence and sexual abuse services in London and the south east.

What are the aims of the course?

The course aims to help people gain confidence in identifying and responding to situations where abuse is suspected. Students will gain a greater understanding of the complexity of risk assessment and management. Students will improve their responses to the challenges of working with coercive and controlling clients. There will be an opportunity to gain a better working knowledge of the impact of trauma on adults who experience abuse.

How will this course be taught?

Students will analyse anonymised case material to gain a sense of how they (and their victimised clients) experience these behaviours. Students will be introduced to research informed approaches to intervention in an environment that encourages them to reflect on current practice. There will be space to think about the dilemmas and ethical challenges that the work creates. We use a range of online materials including podcasts, videos and research articles to support learning.

What are the learning outcomes?

Participants will be offered knowledge and skills that will improve a working understanding of:

  • The ways in which coercion, threat and intimidation worked to force compliance with the abuser’s demands.
  • Ways in which women and children adapt to coercive demands in order to stay safe.
  • The interplay between these factors and the experience of being marginalised within society by race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender and mental or physical capacity.
  • The complex nature of post-traumatic stress and its use/abuse by perpetrators and by the health and social care sector.

How might this course support participants in their career or life?

People struggling to find ways of helping individuals stop or escape from abuse will find this course invaluable. The focus on practice will give people from the health and social care field skills that they need to make an immediate impact on how they respond to abuse. People hoping to explore ways of entering this field as a practitioner or researcher will gain a sound understanding of the key challenges and debates.



Booking information

Disability Support

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