SURVIVOR ACTIVIST - PSYCHOLOGIST - DRAMATHERAPIST
Hi, I'm Silke. As a survivor activist, I bring together my expertise from lived experience, academic training, and professional practice, to empower survivors of childhood sexual abuse and create the structures we need both for support and prevention.
While working as a school counsellor and dramatherapist with children and young people in education I founded the Survivors’ Collective, an activist project for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and developed ‘Not The Only One’, a project to empower and support survivors in the education system. After a successful pilot phase, which was funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, we are now working together with several UK universities, including SOAS and University of Kent, and are offering presentations, workshops, facilitated long-term support groups, as well as staff training.
In September 2018, I started my PhD studies with the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at London Metropolitan University to further explore the potential of survivor activism and how we can create supportive spaces for and together with young people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.
Panels, Talks & Workshops
I give talks and facilitate workshops and discussions about various aspects of childhood sexual abuse, sexual violence, mental health, and activism.
In the last year I have contributed to events such as the Women of the World Festival London, UCL Medsin conference London, and MitSprache survivor congress Berlin.
Training & Consultancy
I offer consultancy for schools and colleges, and training for teachers and support staff on:
Child and adolescent mental health and trauma in the context of education.
Creating trauma sensitive school environments and classrooms.
Developing proactive safeguarding concepts from primary schools to colleges.
If you'd like to book me for a training, workshop, or as a speaker for your event, please get in touch.
Silke has been a great asset to our school. They quickly established a fantastic relationship with our students which formed the basis of all their excellent work here. As part of their role at our school, they planned and realised various workshops in different year groups. These workshops were always innovative, interactive, student-orientated as well as thought-provoking and at the core of our preventative safeguarding concept. Silke has a great understanding of young people’s problems and needs and they easily relate to their friendly and open manner. I can strongly recommend their workshops and hope that they will be back to our school for more!
Stefanie Haberland (Designated Safeguarding Lead, German School London)