Sex abuse counsellors to get legal training

The Courier

By Nino Bucci
Nov. 29, 2012

Psychologists dealing with a surge of sex abuse victims after the announcement of a Royal Commission into the problem need to be trained to ensure their counselling does not jeopardise court proceedings, a child advocacy group says.

Bravehearts, who have had a 300 per cent leap in demand for counselling services since the Royal Commission was announced on November 12, is launching an online training program for psychologists.

Therapeutic services manager Leza Sullivan said the service, which will cost psychologists $345 to complete, was the quickest way of increasing the number of people qualified to deal with complex cases.

“There’s a real urgency to get this up and going as soon as possible because of the Royal Commission,” Ms Sullivan said.

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