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Effective Responses To Sexual
Harassment In The Workplace

Course Presenter: Christiane Sanderson 
Course Duration: 1 day, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Suitable for: Employees at all levels of an organisation 

Learning outcomes (or specific areas covered)

  • Defining and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace
  • How to identify the components and range of sexual harassment behaviour 
  • Identify a range of respectful behaviours to counteract sexual harassment and how to implement these and model good practice
  • Understand the range of factors that underpin and fuel sexual harassment by individuals, such as power, entitlement, alcohol and drugs 
  • Equip individuals to know what to do in response to sexual harassment 
  • Explore strategies to increase employees’ faith in responses to sexual harassment complaints through incentives and rewards 
  • Practical strategies for bystanders’ responses to sexual harassment, not only in the moment through challenging such behaviour, but also in terms of offering support and reporting
  • Interactive use of experiential exercises, open discussions, and video case scenarios. 

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Full Course Information

Research shows that up to 40% of women and 18% of men have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace. This sexual harassment training day raises awareness about the nature of sexual harassment in the workplace and provides the skills and tools that each employee needs to identify, challenge and respond to inappropriate sexual behaviour.  

The focus is not just on enhancing awareness and knowledge about sexual harassment, but more crucially on how it impacts on behaviour and how that can be changed. The emphasis is not on what employees should not do but rather on what each individual employee can do to make a more positive impact on increasing awareness and changing behavioural norms. The aim is to understand and work towards creating a more collaborative environment in which all employees can feel safe and protected from sexual harassment.  

The training offers an opportunity to go beyond compliance training and move towards creating a culture of safety and mutual respect.  It achieves this by identifying strategies and initiatives to enable organisations and employees to become proactively involved in creating a workplace culture that reduces tolerance of sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual behaviour. 

Emphasis will be placed on inclusivity by engaging all employees in a non-threatening way to reduce ‘identity threat reactions’ and promoting openness and willingness to changing behaviour.  This will be facilitated by open discussion about inappropriate sexual behaviour and how individuals can challenge prejudice; and develop more effective strategies to respond and take appropriate action to make a positive impact and model good practice.  A crucial component of this is how bystanders can be equipped to become active participants in stopping sexual harassment.

To effect this, the training day will look at the definition of sexual harassment and how to identify it in the workplace, and how this type of behaviour puts companies and perpetrators at risk of both reputational and financial damage.  Alongside this it will examine the range of factors that increase the risk of sexual harassment, such as power, entitlement, pressure, alcohol and the digitisation of sex, and how to respond to effectively to all forms of sexual harassment.

The training is interactive through the use of illustrative case scenarios and opportunities for individuals to reflect on their own attitudes and beliefs about appropriate and inappropriate sexual behaviour and sexual harassment, and how to modify these.   The training is tailored towards how individual employees can address and contribute to reducing sexual harassment, rather than policies or procedures an organisation should have in place. The training can be customised for each specific workplace and is suitable for all employees in all industry sectors.  

About the Speaker

Christiane Sanderson BSc, MSc. is a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Roehampton, of London with 26 years of experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual violence. She has delivered consultancy, continuous professional development and professional training for parents, teachers, social workers, nurses, therapists, counsellors, solicitors, the NSPCC, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Committee, the Methodist Church, the Metropolitan Police Service, SOLACE, the Refugee Council, Birmingham City Council Youth Offending Team, and HMP Bronzefield.

She is the author of Counselling Skills for Working with Shame, Counselling Skills for Working with Trauma: Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse, Counselling Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 3rd edition, Counselling Survivors of Domestic Abuse, The Seduction of Children: Empowering Parents and Teachers to Protect Children from Child Sexual Abuse, and Introduction to Counselling Survivors of Interpersonal Trauma, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She has also written The Warrior Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Sexual Violence; The Spirit Within: A One in Four Handbook to Aid Recovery from Religious Sexual Abuse Across All Faiths and Responding to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A pocket guide for professionals, partners, families and friends for the charity One in Four for whom she is a trustee.

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