Beyond Therapy re-imagines society's response to child sexual abuse through creativity and connection. Researcher and survivor Gemma invites survivors, researchers, practitioners and creatives to join our community of strong and emerging voices. We believe we can use our collective power to initiate change.
Hosted by Gemma, produced by Thea Woodrow, music creation & editing by Aelfwyn Shipton, artwork by Emily Joy Rich, music production by Charlie Barltett, and sponsored by The Green House
Episode 3: Whole family support for the impact of sexual abuse
In this episode we talk about the importance of whole family support services, and how we can support parents whose children have disclosed sexual abuse. Gemma is joined by Vicky Mattison and Candice Harris, who at the time of recording in February 2022 were working at the Lighthouse in London. The Lighthouse is the first childhood sexual abuse service in the UK to bring together health and criminal justice services, child protection, therapeutic providers, and specialist services in one place where children and families can access support. This is an approach called the Child House Model.
In the links below you can find out more about the Lighthouse and the resources we cover:
Circle of Hope - Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault
For details of Candice’s book - Indescribable, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Episode 2: Pre-trial Therapy
In this episode Gemma talks with Peter Jenkins and Maddie Nixon – specialists in pre-trial therapy - about the challenges facing survivors of childhood sexual abuse who need to access mental health support while their case is in the criminal justice system. Here are some links and resources that we cover:
Draft guidance on pre-trial therapy - Crown Prosecution Service
Examining the evidence for pre-trial therapy - Peter Jenkins & Maddie Nixon
A qualitative exploration of therapists’ experience of working therapeutically pre-trial within the Crown Prosecution Service guidelines with adult clients who have reported sexual violence - Maddie Nixon
Keeping Secrets: childhood sexual abuse and pre-trial therapy - Bluestar Project - The Green House
Pre-trial Therapy Protocol - Bluestar Project - The Green House & Harewood Consultancy
Pre-trial Therapy Note Keeping Guide - Bluestar Project - The Green House & Harewood Consultancy
Episode 1: Being a survivor activist
In this first episode, we are joined by Viv Gordon. Viv is a survivor artist and activist, and we are talking about the importance of community, allyship and the power of the arts to raise the visibility of childhood sexual abuse – she is an incredible theatre-maker and champion of survivor-led artwork. Here are some relevant links to Viv and the resources that we cover:
Viv Gordon Company
Viv Gordon's TEDx talk
Women and Girls Network
Justice, Inequality and Gender Based Violence
Introducing: Beyond Therapy
Beyond Therapy re-imagines the response to childhood sexual abuse through creativity and connection. Researcher and survivor Gemma explains the motivation behind Beyond Therapy and introduces a platform for survivors, researchers, practitioners and creatives to continue the conversation around childhood sexual abuse as part of a collaborative and community-based response – because there’s a collective power in coming together to end the silence and make a change.
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