Wonsa works with education initiatives in order to facilitate for victims of sexual abuse to receive help. We target healthcare staff and therapists. The education targeted toward healthcare staff is focused on making it easier for the staff and the patients to talk about sexual abuse and violence. But also to increase the knowledge about the different psychological treatments that exist. Currently, we offer the courses “Dare to ask” and “Meeting traumatized patients.” The courses are offered as lectures at workplaces or at Wonsa.

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As a doctor in the somatic care, you almost always work under a lot of time pressure. You have a variety of physiological and biomedical assessments to take into account in a short time. And as a therapist, you may only have five meetings to cure everything from anxiety to insomnia. To ask about sexual abuse, rape and violence may feel strange and farfetched.

But prevalence and incidence studies, as well as studies on the links between exposure to sexual abuse and ill-health, shows that a question can make a big difference. One question that doesn’t even have to take such a long time.

In our education “Dare to ask” doctors and therapists receive concrete tools that make it easier to dare to ask about the difficult, and to receive the answers that come. The education is built on both scientific studies and tips and advice from people who have been sexually abused.

Prevalence, incidence, treatment alternatives, comorbidity, PTSD, and dissociation are some of the topics covered during the training. Wonsa has been involved in the development of a guide with tips on wordings that work for children and adults and a list of clinics as well as non-profit organizations working with the target group. This material is included in the training course.

The education is targeted towards resident physicians and specialists in general medicine, as well as counselors and therapists within the primary care.

We adapt the program to suit your needs. Either as a lecture for an ST-forum, as a workshop for doctors or staff meeting, or as a full or half day seminar.



It’s important that the caregivers that meet sexually abused people have the knowledge of the specific problems that occur in the violation of trust, the violation of boundaries and of dissociative defense. Our experience is that basic training within their own competence, be it psychological- or medical treatment and/or experience with trauma is not sufficient. Taboos, shame, dissociation, and difficulties with trust put special demands on the reception and treatment at all levels, to reach a safe environment for healing.

Severe trauma and dissociation, shame and taboos also affect the person who is supposed to help and provide treatment. Specific knowledge is also important for a professional and healthy working environment.

The education consists of a lecture and a workshop for two hours each, which are mandatory for all personnel and volunteers within Wonsa. It can also be given as a further training for people within the primary health care and psychiatry.


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