Training for Counsellors

Counselling and the Criminal Justice Process

Counsellors and therapists are used by a range of services to provide vital support for victims and survivors of sexual abuse.

It is important that victims are able to access high-quality emotional support and therapy services prior to and during a court case, or indeed following the completion of a court case. Sadly, there remains a lack of understanding amongst many professionals about what support can be provided to victims who are waiting a trial. There are fears around contamination of evidence, coaching of witnesses or simply a lack of understanding as to the rules around pre-trial therapy.

Organisations employing counsellors and therapists should ensure that they are trained to an appropriate standard to meet the competencies to undertake this important role in support of victims and survivors of sexual abuse who may be involved with the criminal justice process.

Our competence-based training for counsellors and therapists is practical in focus, ensuring that those undertaking the role are equipped with the tools, skills, expertise, confidence and competence to undertake their responsibilities in relation to supporting victims of sexual violence who are involved (or may potentially become involved) with the criminal justice process.

Course Content
Counselling and the Criminal Justice Process was designed to be delivered over a single day to minimise the amount of time Counsellors and therapists are away from their services.

Unit 1:         ‘Understanding the Criminal Justice Process’
Unit 2:         ‘Delivering Pre-Trial Therapy’
Unit 3:         ‘Contracting with Clients’
Unit 4:         ‘Record Keeping and Disclosure of Notes’
Unit 5:         ‘Counsellors in the Court Room’

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Our Trainers
LimeCulture has pulled together the best trainers in the field to deliver the course. Each of the trainers is a leader in their field and each is nationally and internationally renowned for the work they do. Together their expertise ensures that the training provided on the course is exceptional.

Course Eligibility
Counselling and the Criminal Justice Process is suitable for those working as a counsellor or therapists who wish to learn more around the criminal justice process, and indeed their role within it should they be providing support to victims of sexual violence.

Course Dates and Times
The Crisis Worker Development Programme is usually held once a year, but may be more frequent depending on demand. The Crisis Worker Development Programme starts at 10am and finishes no later than 4.30pm on each day of the training.

Expressions of Interest
To be added to the Expression of Interest list, please send us an email to We will keep you posted when the next dates are announced for this event and if there are any cancellations in the interim. All Expressions of Interest will receive a priority booking form before the course is marketed to the wider network.

Course Fees
The cost of the Counselling and Criminal Justice Process course is £200 plus VAT per person. Discounted rates are not available. The course fee includes:

  • Electronic material and presentations
  • Delegate pack and notebook
  • Refreshments and lunch

The course fee does not include:

  • Breakfast or an evening meal
  • Travel
  • Overnight accommodation

Course Location
The Counselling and Criminal Justice Process course is held at one of our preferred training venues in Manchester.

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