This short course for therapists working with survivors of sexual or domestic abuse gives an overview of the psychology of people who cause sexual harm. What might we usefully understand about the psychology of abusers in our work to support the people they have abused? 

This course is lead by our founder, psychologist Dr Nina Burrowes and includes a 2 hour CPD certificate

Course content

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    Understanding the psychology of 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?

    • Can sex offenders be rehabilitated?

    • Handout - The psychology of people who sexually harm

    • Resources

    • 2 hour CPD completion certificate

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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.