Course overview


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This course offers a psycho-social perspective on children’s experiences of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

It covers current research, policy and practice pertinent to a wide range of public and third sector services. Examination of risk and safety, child protection and parenting will be central. We will consider how the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and disability exacerbate abuse.

The following are eligible for 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 the course?

Emma Mills is an Art Psychotherapist who has worked with children who have lived with domestic violence and sexual abuse since 2005. She is currently working in a large Women’s Aid refuge in Essex as an art therapist and also has 5 years’ experience of working on a NHS CAMH team. Emma works with charities in Botswana, Africa since 2008, to help train teachers and social workers to use art and drama therapy skills when working with children who have lived with and who are dealing with the effects of gender based violence and sexual abuse. Emma has published a paper about children living with the shame and silence of DV in the International Journal of Art Therapy.

What are the aims of the course?

To share current good practice of working with children who have lived with domestic violence and sexual abuse

How will the course be taught?

This is a highly interactive course aimed at encouraging coordinated community interventions.
There will be lectures, debates, films showing experiences professionals talking about working with children, case studies and experiential learning.

What are the learning outcomes?

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

  • The physical, emotional and psychological effects of domestic violence and sexual abuse on children
  • Ways in which children adapt to coercive demands of abusing fathers in order to stay safe.
  • The impact of domestic violence on the relationship between mother and child
  • Examples of good practice in working with children, and their parents in relation to domestic violence and sexual abuse
  • Factors that improve multi-disciplinary working

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, education 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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