Understanding Self-harm

Course overview:

This one day course will explore the many types, causes and functions of self-harm and suggest practical and effective ways in which staff might provide support in a safe and effective way.

Course content:

  • What is self-harm?
  • Different forms of self-harm
  • How common is self-harm?
  • Individual and group risk factors
  • Why might someone self-harm?
  • Myths surrounding self-harm
  • Multiple causes and functions of self-harm
  • The cycle of self-harm
  • Why it can be so difficult to stop self-harming
  • Is self-harm a mental health condition?
  • What is Non Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI)?
  • The association between self-harm and other mental health conditions
  • Self-harm and Borderline Personality Disorder
  • The relationship between self-harm and suicide
  • The impact of our responses to self-harm
  • Assessing and managing the risk associated with self-harm
  • What is harm minimization?
  • Behavioural approaches to self-harm: contingency management in practice
  • The importance of validation
  • Therapeutic approaches to self-harm: evidence for effective treatments
  • Practical approaches to soothing the distress associated with self-harm: self-awareness, self-soothing and problem solving
  • Further sources of support and resources for service users and staff

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