In response to the Australian Royal Commission into
the response of institutions to child sexual abuse
stakeholders have been invited to participate in the process
for setting up the Centre
This page constitutes my submission. It is on line to be accessable to
overseas stakeholders who may be looking at such an centre.
Proposals for an Australian National Centre
unfortunately the links are not working to
the following is a cut and paste
Suggested Centre Format
- Child Protection Policies, procedures and advisory capacity
- Mandatory reporting obligations -
- policy, legislaton, advice and support for Mandatory Reporters.
- Support for victimised Mandatory Reporters.
- activation of support for relevant survivors.
- support for Child Protection Officers - training, accreditation.
- support for family of Mandatory Reporters
- support for survivors.
The Centre Should have:
Post Grad, Doctoral and Post Doctoral research with input from stakeholders
particularly survivors needs and feedback from past therapy and support
to produce a body of knowledge
and survivor sensitive course imput
for Post Grad - Masters Degrees to be offered by Universities
Masters Degree in Sexual Assault Counselling.
the Degree should be at least 1-2 years full time by coursework and a Thesis
it should be interdisciplinary
it should be neurophysiological
an apreciation of professions survivors go to for support or treatment.
Entry - graduates in psychology, social work, counselling, criminology
Diploma or Graduate Diploma Courses for non Graduate counsellors
Diploma or Graduate Diploma courses for other professions who support survivors.
Masters Degree in Trauma Release
a two year full time or part time degree one year coursework, one year thesis by research.
Graduate Diploma or Diploma Course
for non graduate practioners or Graduate Practioners without psychology or social work degrees.
suitable for non graduate counsellors
tapping and or shaking trauma release practioners.
non offending/ survivor sensitive Clergy and religious practioners.
whilst many survivors of clergy abuse are understandably vocal
accomodating their needs should not be to the exclusion of professional training of Clergy
as many survivors look to Clergy for support. Some find being referred to other
secular professionals as a compounding of abondonment and this ought to not be.
it might be appropriate to have courses specifically designed for clergy.
These courses should include at least one subject in
- understanding the History and Philosophy of science and the scientific method
- identifying and incorporating new variables and researching an understanding
- refering clienrts and interacting with other professionals.
It may be that once Degrees in Trauma release are established that Universities may offer specialised Degrees for trauma release in general with optional subjects for :
trauma release from traffic accidents and natural desasters
trauma release for vererans
Advisory Groups - there should be advisory groups with at least 50% survivor representation to evaluate couyrses
of the 50% academics and representatives of professionals no more than 25% should be psychologists
with at least one allied professional and at least one GP representative.