Stalking has clinically significant, detrimental impacts on psychological health. The Suzy Lamplugh Trust study conducted in conjunction with the National Stalking Consortium (2019) found that 91% of stalking victims reported suffering from mental health problems following their experiences but only 29% were able to access counselling services.

As a result, the Suzy Lamplugh Trust has developed PATHS (Psychological Advocacy Towards Healing after Stalking) together with Dr Roxane Agnew-Davies, a clinical psychologist and a specialist in trauma work, for stalking advocates to be skilled with techniques and strategies for psychologically supporting people experiencing or who have been victims of stalking.

The training draws on experience of working with victims of stalking as well as on national and international clinical and research literature.

This is an intensive course, taking place over 16 days, with a strong focus on practical work and feedback to facilitate skill acquisition. It is experientially grounded, working with the personal issues and challenges that participants bring to the programme.
This training is for those who either have experience working as a stalking advocate, are a certified Independent Stalking Advocate Caseworker (ISAC), or those who have completed our OCN accredited stalking advocacy course.

Course Topics include:

  • Therapeutic Principles and The Working Relationship
  • Introduction to Counselling Skills
  • The First Session & Session Structure
  • Understanding Psychological Impacts of Stalking
  • Post Traumatic Stress: Flashbacks, Intrusive Memories, Fear, Hypervigilance & Anxiety
  • Sleeping Difficulties
  • Unresolved Anger
  • Depression
  • Unusual signs: Psychotic Symptoms and Self Harm
  • Managing Grief
  • Injured Self-Esteem
  • Developing/Regaining Assertion
  • Parenting Children in a Family Experiencing Stalking
  • Re-parenting the Inner Child
  • Problematic Substance Use
  • Making Sense of it All
  • Caring for the Carer & Preventing Secondary Trauma


At successful completion of the training and assessments, the PATHS training will lead to an OCN-London qualification and includes the below assessments:

  • Daily coaching during practical exercises
  • Mid-course written evaluation
  • Practical exercise with feedback
  • End of course written evaluation and practical with feedback
  • Supervision of a live session and monthly supervision over 6 months following the end of the course.


Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of alliances in building a therapeutic relationship with a victim of stalking.
  • Understand the core principles that facilitate maintaining the therapeutic relationship.
  • Understand the significance of the first session in building the therapeutic alliance.
  • Be able to structure a therapeutic session
  • Understand the importance of self-care and caring for the carer.
  • Understand the counselling process
  • Understand and recognise signs of complex trauma.
  • Be able to support clients to recognise, discuss and manager their emotions.
  • Be able to use interventions to promote client self-esteem.
  • Be able to implement strategies to empower clients to build healthy relationships.
  • Understand Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).
  • Be able to apply strategies to help clients identify PTS symptoms.
  • Be able to implement intervention strategies to manage PTS symptoms.
  • Be able to differentiate secondary trauma from primary trauma of stalking.
  • Understand how to attend to self-care.
  • Understand the detrimental impact of stalking on victims’ mental health.
  • Be able to facilitate development or recovery of insight.
  • Be able to promote positive changes regarding the client’s self-blame.
  • Understand the need to make sense of a clients’ experiences in relation to stalking.


To find out more, or to book any of our training courses, complete our training enquiry form, email us at [email protected] or call us on 0207 091 0014.