Sexual Assault: the impact on the psyche and therapeutic considerations A one-day seminar with Prof. Fiona Mason MBBS, FRCPsych, DFP, SFFMLM London, 22 June 2018 (Friday) 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sexual violence can have a deep-rooted and debilitating impact on a survivor – across the psychological, emotional and physical domains. The lifetime risk of attempted or completed rape is up to 20% for women. Rape is a deeply damaging, serious crime, and while many new policies and practices have been developed to assist survivors, implementation can often be patchy – leaving survivors with inadequate help and therapeutic support. When sexual assault survivors seek therapeutic help, it is imperative that those interacting with them understand the significant physical and psychological morbidity resulting from sequalae such as depression, anxiety, loss of self-worth, guilt and shame & stress related disorders – conditions which can have long lasting impact on their wellbeing, their relational health and future functioning. Dr Mason was an advisor to the former Solicitor General on issues regarding rape and regularly teaches clinicians and members of the judiciary, CPS and police services on issues relating to rape and sexual assault. At this practical and clinically focused workshop, Dr Mason draws on her extensive experience to not just build our empathetic awareness towards the damaging physical and psychological impact of sexual assault, but also equip us with the appropriate therapeutic understanding, that will assist and improve our practice. The workshop specifically considers: Myths and stereotypes Psychological reactions during rape and sexual assault Post traumatic responses Pre-trial therapeutic interventions Memory and trauma Therapeutic interventions Trauma, self-care and long-term health Survivors of sexual assault can be of either sex, and any age, however the majority are women; therefore, whilst not forgetting child victims or male survivors, the seminar will be presented with a focus on adult women, including survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
About the speaker Dr Fiona Mason is a Forensic Psychiatrist who has spent much of her career working with the most marginalised women with mental health difficulties, the majority of whom have been victims of sexual assault. She qualified at the University of London in 1987, trained as a psychiatrist, and then developed her practice within forensic psychiatry, specializing in treating women with complex psychopathology and a history of traumatization. Dr Mason is a recognized leader in the field of women’s mental health and healthcare management, and regularly advises, teaches and publishes on both subjects. Workshop Schedule 10:00 - 11:15 Session 1: Sexual assault; myths v reality. The context of participant’s work 11.15 - 11:35 Coffee break 11:35 - 1:15 Session 2: Psychological reactions during and after sexual assault 1:15 – 2:00 Lunch break 2:00 - 4:00 Session 3: Implications for individuals and their recovery During the concluding session of the day, Dr Mason will invite participants to reflect on the day’s discussions and how these link with their experience as therapists.

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