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WGN has been accredited by the Open College Network London (OCN London) for over 25 years. OCN London offers a national qualification where learner achievement is recognised through credit based units and qualifications. OCN London is regulated by Ofqual and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

If you would like to talk to us about our OCN courses, please complete our training enquiry form and email it to training@wgn.org.uk

About our accredited training courses:


This accredited programme provides a comprehensive introduction to the issues involved in working with women recovering from experiences of gendered violence. It is informed by feminist principles and promotes a holistic range of therapeutic techniques and traditional woman-centred ways of healing that seeks inspiration and expression from diverse global cultures. The programme also incorporates the latest advancements in neuroscience to aid understanding of the physiological responses of trauma and the long term impact on women’s’ lives. 

This training programme consists of 10 one-day sessions and comprises a combination of lectures, exercises, role-plays and multimedia. The interactive nature of the course, provides participants with the opportunity to participate in and contribute to the training. As well, participants have the opportunity to learn from each other and the facilitators.

What you will learn:

  • Understand the context of counselling and how it differs from other helping strategies

  • Understand the essential elements for creating a safe environment for counselling to take place

  • Be able to participate in learning activities that involve counselling skills practice and personal reflection

  • Use theoretical models to underpin clinical practice.

  • Understand the need for professional and ethical codes of good clinical practice.

  • Understand effective counselling strategies in working with difference

This free two day accredited course explores the theoretical and clinical presentations of complex needs of women and girls accessing services who have experienced gendered violence. The course will define complex needs, introducing Developmental Trauma and Complex Traumatic Stress alongside common clinical presentations such as depression, self-harming behaviour, suicidal ideation and activation. Understanding of trauma reactions and associated neurobiological responses will also be explored. The course will introduce strengths and evidence based interventions working holistically to support recovery, emphasising women's capacity for resilience and internal resources to promote sustainable healing.

What you will learn:

  • Understand the definition of complex needs.
  • Understand the underlying conditions for women and girls with complex needs.
  • Understand how to engage with women and girls with complex needs using a gender responsive trauma focused approach
  • Understand the strength based approach for responding to women and girls who have complex needs.
  • Understand how to stabilise women and girls presenting with complex needs
  • Understand how to facilitate recovery of women and girls with complex needs

This course will use theoretical constructs from gender analysis perspectives on sexual violence to examine prevalence, explore definitions, and challenge popularist attitudes towards sexual violence, from a trauma focused approach. This will involve an exploration of the neurobiology of trauma responses to contextualise the range and depth of trauma symptomology and the ensuing legacy of sexual violence. The course will also introduce strength and evidence based approaches to working holistically with women who have experienced sexual violence, from a culturally relevant perspective. The programme will also include specialist information from Rights of Women on the legal frameworks in relation to sexual violence.

What you will learn:

  • Understand the scope of a range of different form of sexual violence that women and girls experience
  • Understand the key issues of gendered violence that allow myths and attitudes related to sexual violence to be maintained.
  • Understand the different ways that sexual violence impacts on women and girls
  • Understand how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence
  • Understand how to implement effective strategies to engage women and young girls affected by sexual violence