This course is designed to support university staff who are involved in efforts to address sexual harassment on campus. The material includes information on how to support students who disclose and how to use an understanding of the psychology of sexual abuse when conducting investigations and responding to reports of sexual harassment on campus. 

This course is led by our founder, psychologist Dr Nina Burrowes and comes with a 6 hour CPD certificate. 

Course content

  • 1

    Introduction to the course

    • How to use this course

    • About Dr Nina Burrowes

  • 2

    Understanding common misconceptions about sexual violence

    • Why the psychology needs to start with us

  • 3

    Understanding people who cause sexual harm

    • Introduction

    • Paul the psychopath

    • Simon the sadist

    • Kate the paedophile

    • Daryl the denier

    • Tariq the coper

    • What's it got to do with sex?

    • Pulling it all together

    • Handout - The psychology of people who cause sexual harm

    • Resources

  • 4

    Understanding victims of sexual violence

    • Why don't victims fight or shout?

    • Why can some people have a patchy memory of their experience?

    • Why don't some people report what happened?

    • Resources

  • 5

    Supporting students who have experienced sexual violence

    • Introduction

    • How might your students be affected?

    • How to respond if someone discloses to you

    • Supporting students who have experienced sexual violence

    • An illustrated book to support students who've just disclosed to you

    • Resources

  • 6

    Investigating reports of sexual violence on campus

    • Introduction

    • Understanding consent

    • Why it's not about character

    • Interviewing students who have reported a sexual assault

    • Interviewing students accused of sexual assault

  • 7

    Looking after yourself

    • Introduction

    • Self care when your job requires you to think about sexual violence

    • Can you shake off stress?

    • Resources

  • 8

    In conversation

    • Surviving university: How I carried on with my studies after rape

  • 9


    • Frequently asked questions

    • Get in contact

    • The (not) small print

    • Privacy Policy

    • Course completion certificate

Course Instructor


Nina Burrowes

Our founder Dr Nina Burrowes is a psychologist and nationally recognised expert on the psychology of sexual harassment, sexual violence and domestic abuse. A regular educator of police officers, prosecutors, barristers, judges, therapists, healthcare professionals and university staff Dr Burrowes is the author of two books on sexual abuse and the presenter of the BBC’s ‘Rape on trail. Is the jury out?’ Nina is Patron of Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre.