Paraphilias and Learning Disabilities
£80.32 – £96.14
Paraphilias and Learning Disabilities

Paraphilias and Learning Disabilities

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24-32 Stephenson Way

London, United Kingdom

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Course outline and aims

The course aims to address how to better support both adults and young people with learning disabilities who have developed paraphilias and whose behaviour subsequently challenges services. The course will cover how and why paraphilias emerge, how best to support and work with people with learning disabilities and paraphilias from a Human Rights perspective and how assessment and treatment can provide insights and a reduction in inappropriate sexualised behaviours and sexual offences.


All of us are sexual beings; however the expression of some sexual feelings and fantasies can lead to injury to self and/or others. The most commonly known paraphilia is paedophilia and there are many types of sexual behaviour also classed as paraphilia. The study of paraphilias as they present in people with learning disabilities is a relatively under-researched area.


What will you learn?

  • A better understanding of what a paraphilia is and how to recognise it
  • Be better able to care and support of people with learning disabilities with these behaviours
  • Increased awareness of how one’s own reactions to paraphilias can impact on the relationships we develop with those people we work with
  • Explore and having a clearer understanding of how some sexualised behaviours can be mistaken for paraphilias


Who is the course for?

All levels of staff working or preparing to work with adults with learning disabilities who present with harmful sexual behaviour.

  • Teachers, teaching assistants, learning support staff
  • Safeguarding leads
  • Social Workers
  • Care staff working in supported housing, residential and day care
  • Probation Service officers and staff
  • Staff and volunteers working in voluntary organisations and community groups


Our training approach

The course is limited to 12 participants offering the best opportunity for you to not only learn from our Trainer, it also enables you to learn from other participants’ experience of working with young people with learning disabilities. The training is delivered using an effective mix of theoretical and experiential techniques.


Qualification: Certificate of Attendance


About the Trainer

The Course Trainer is Richard Curen, Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist and Deputy CEO at Respond. Richard has a considerable track record and expertise in working with sexual abuse. He was previously with Survivors UK and responsible for managing the individual and group therapy services for adult male survivors of sexual violence. He is a Board Member of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy, a member of the National Association for the Treatment of Abusers and visiting Lecturer for The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust




What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Respond is located close to Euston mainline station, Euston Square underground station (Hammersmith and City, Circle and Metropolitan lines), Euston and Warren Street underground stations (Victoria and Northern lines). For up to date information on travel and transport please got to this link


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please call 020 7383 0700 or email with your query and we will do our best to help. Our offices are open on weekdays from 9.30am to 5pm daily.


Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Your registration is transferable. In the event that you are unable to attend and give your place to a colleague, please do advise Respond in advance of the training date.


What is the refund policy?

A full refund less a £10 administration is payable if you cancel the course up to three weeks in advance. Refunds are not payable after this time.


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