For Therapists

Covid 19 Precautions for therapy: Fogging

I use a fogging machine in our self catering property.  The use and disinfectant is explained in this very short video    This one cost me over £300, partly because there were not many in the country at the time!
However, or a therapy room a something such as this will suffice: Electric Paint Spray Gun with 800 ml Paint Holder for applying paint, lacquers, stains, varnish and fine finishes.   I also bought one of these and it cost under £30 and plugs into the mains.
The disinfectant I use requires about dilution of 15 ml of disinfectant per litre of water and costs about £80 including delivery for 5 litres of disinfectant.
The spray is damp, but I spray it up into the air and allow it to land on all the surfaces.  Covid 19 is destroyed within 5 minutes.
I have allergies to a variety of things and cannot use many cleaning products because I have a reaction to them – but I do not react to this disinfectant. However, it would be wise for the therapist to have a safety sheet, or the label available, to show clients who are concerned.

Offering Therapy to People Who Have Been Adopted

There are laws in the UK governing work that therapists can do with people who have been adopted.  Oct 2020  I was informed that there was a change to The Children’s Act relating to adoption support – BACP members can find a Qs and A’s article here (you’ll need to log in)  and the Counselling Directory also has a good article here which explains the legal side of this

Conversion Therapy: Memorandum of Understanding

The Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy 2017, link below. They have done a good job, working hard not be oppressive to both LGBT people and to therapists working with the diversity of sexual issues and to include the practice of people working with cases of sexual attraction to children, so that they are not impeded or mistakenly trapped in over simplistic wording.
Click here to read this

Should I report a client who has an sexual attraction to children?

Reporting Child Abuse Juliet’s thoughts

Working Online Including Working with Clients From Abroad

Therapists Letter for Clients: about the Referral, Attendance & Engagement for Courts

Sometimes therapists who work with sexual offenders are sometimes asked by solicitors to write a report about the work that has been done. Here are some notes & guidelines that I have pulled together about how to write a factual letter for such a situation.

Risk Assessment Guidance for Counsellors

Risk Assessment Guidance

An article – for counsellors – about

Client Masturbation During Counselling

Suicide: Managing Perpetrators of Child Sexual Exploitation and Internet Images Of Children: Understanding Risk of Suicide

people arrested for viewing Internet Images of Children (IIOC) are over 200 times more likely to take their own lives than members of the general population.
This report is a summary of the research conducted as part of the work of the Suicide Prevention Group from 2015 to 2017. The report outlines a systematic review of the known published literature on risk factors of suicide in CSE and IIOC offenders and qualitative research conducted across three groups (law enforcement officers, Lucy Faithfull Foundation ‘Stop it Now!’1 helpline operators and post-conviction IIOC offenders in the UK). The findings of this report have been utilised as a framework to refine the original operational guidance of the suicide prevention and risk management of perpetrators of Online CSE and IIOC (NPCC, 2017).  Final Research Report

Managing the risk of suicide for persons under investigation for online child sexual abuse and exploitation: Operational Advice (College of Policing) 

Lots of resources and worksheets around child sexual abuse and trauma

Including feelings about being abused, lettr to the perpetrator, etc

What I learned about male desire in a sex doll factory

Know Your Law Quiz (about sexual offending): 

by Juliet Grayson, published in The Psychotherapist, Issue 60, Summer 2015 p13. This accompanies the article above.
Click here to read: Know Your Law Quiz
Click here to read: The Answers to Quiz

The law about reporting sexual abuse and sexual offences, as it applies to psychotherapists and counsellors.

Law in the UK About Reporting Child Abuse by Juliet Grayson

Guidelines on the management of disclosure of historic child sexual abuse by a victim

GDPR for Therapists

Guidance and resources for therapists about how to handle information about people’s healthcare

Working Online for Therapists

Getting a DBS Check

Apply for a BASIC DBS check directly to through the government website
N.B. Self-employed people can’t apply for ENHANCED DBS check themselves and need to use a third party.  This is from the government website: If you’re self-employed, an organisation you’re working with can get a standard, enhanced or enhanced with barred lists check for you, where the role is eligible.  Individuals needing an enhanced DBS have to use an umbrella organisation – click here to access the government info on this
Government Recommended Organisations that will help you
These organisations will do it for you and you pay for that service
MAYFLOWER have been used by a few people
One therapist is doing it via
FOR THOSE WHO NEED THIS INFO: Relevant Rehabilitation periods

Working with clients: dissociation in an online environment: Videos

Trauma-focused therapists often report feeling puzzled, frustrated, or downright overwhelmed in working with dissociation and the ways it presents. This frustration can feel exponentially greater in the sudden transition that most therapists are making to telehealth. In this special webinar prepared for the COVID-19 crisis, dissociation expert Dr. Jamie Marich and her colleague Amy Wagner share their personal and professional insights with other trauma therapists and trauma-informed human services providers. At the heart of Dr. Jamie’s teaching is the idea that dissociation is not to be feared, rather, embraced as a normal part of the human experience and a vital skill in working with unhealed trauma. In this webinar, Jamie and Amy seek to assist you in diffusing your fears and hesitation about addressing dissociation in the online environment. Practical skills that can be used in online therapy and consultation are shown, and an open question-and-answer period will allow you a chance to voice your concerns as Jamie and Amy offer potential solutions.

Reoffending Rates for People who Have Committed Sexual Offences are Very Low

This is a quote from an email sent to Juliet Grayson by Karl Hanson who has spent a lifetime researching this.  He said:  “Out of 100 individuals released from a sexual offence conviction in the UK, between 2 and 3 will be reconvicted for another sexual offence within 2 years, and 97 to 98 will not.  If the follow-up period is extended to 4 years, an additional 2 to 3 individuals will be reconvicted, bringing the 4 year sexual reconviction rate to 5.5%.  In other words, if 100 individuals with a sexual offence conviction are followed for 4 years, 5 or 6 of these will be reconvicted for a sexual offence and 94 to 95 will not. These figures are from the attached article (p. 454).These figures are similar to rates found in other countries during the past 10 – 15 years”  This is validated by the2010 An examination of the Risk Matrix Study.    Juliet notes more about reoffending rates here Reoffending Rates for Sex Offenders

Reassessing Risk: Release from the Sex Offender Label

In relation to risk over time, Karl Hanson reported his findings from an extensive literature review of studies looking at a total of 543,204 sex offenders.  This showed that for every five years that a sex offender remains offence-free in the community, the likelihood of them re-offending is cut by half.  Hanson believes this is due to the following factors: effective psychological interventions that reduce risk, the effects of physical ageing such as a decline in testosterone levels, increasing rewards from living a prosocial life, success at work, rewarding leisure activities, decent friends, caring intimate partner, and learning to become interdependent (rather than being isolated as many are when younger).  So if risk is 20% when you leave prison, if you make it for 5 years you are 10% risk, and if you make it for 10 year you are a 5% risk.  Karl Hanson: Reassessing Risk 2017  Reasessing risk hanson2017_Release from sex offender label