Self-harming and self-injury behaviours are increasing at an alarming rate – particularly among children and young people. It’s common to feel powerless when faced with such distressing behaviour, but with the essential information and skills you will learn on this course, you needn’t feel that way again.
It was like lifting a veil on the reasons for self-harmTeacher
Why take this course
Emily Gajewski has decades of hands-on experience helping children and adults successfully overcome or significantly reduce their self-harming behaviour. Her insightful training day demystifies the self-harming cycle, clarifies its causes and shows why we should not give up on anyone, even in the most apparently hopeless situations.
You will gain a wealth of new information, proven techniques and useful tips which combined will ensure you give sufferers the best chance of recovering their mental health and moving on in their lives – you will also hear from people who have been able to completely stop self-harming (or dramatically reduced it) and are now living fulfilled lives as a result of this approach.
If you would like to make sense of all the fragments of information you have about self-harming and pull them all together into a cohesive and effective treatment strategy, this workshop is for you.
I found the whole day very interesting with lots of material and time to try out ideas – gave me confidence I didn’t have before.Project worker
What will you learn
- A greater understanding of self-injury and why it occurs
- Warning signs that indicate someone may be self-harming
- What to do when someone discloses their self-harming behaviour to you
- The essential Dos and Don’ts for teams and individuals working with people who self-harm
- The latest guidelines around working with self-harm, including positive risk management and harm minimisation
- The importance of differentiating between self-harming and a suicide attempt – and how to treat them both
- The self-harm continuum – what tips us into self-harming behaviours
- What to do if someone is threatening to self-harm
- The common myths and stereotypes surrounding self-injury
- Powerful techniques that will transform your effectiveness and a ‘tried-and-tested’ framework for improving wellbeing, drawn from profound knowledge about what people need to avoid mental and emotional distress and increase wellbeing
- How chemical changes in the brain from self-harming behaviours can bring temporary relief from difficult emotions
- Why there is often an addictive element to self-injury (insights from neuroscience)
- How to approach the subject of self-injury with someone
- A cohesive and effective treatment strategy for treating self-injury and breaking the destructive cycle of behaviour
- Important skills needed for working with people who self-harm – and the opportunity to practise some of the them
- Enlightening filmed interviews and case histories which show how it is possible to help people, even in a very desperate situation, to live fulfilling lives again
- The chance to work with and ask questions of a highly experienced tutor who has extensive hands-on experience of helping people successfully overcome self-harming
- Ways to help people build resilience to future stressful circumstances
- Tips on finding the most helpful coping strategies
- How to help people create an alternative ‘safe place’ for themselves
- Practical ways to reduce your own anxiety when working in this area
- How to create an effective self-management plan and increase the individual’s engagement with it
- Important new information that will help you prevent self-harm
- New confidence when making interventions with people who once seemed unreachable
The ‘Overcoming Self-harm’ course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.
Who is this course suitable for?
This course is designed for health and welfare professionals, including: psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, mental health nurses, psychiatrists, school counsellors, student wellbeing officers, doctors, nurses, OTs, social workers, health visitors, youth workers, outreach and support workers.
It is also suitable for anyone who has a friend or relative who is self-harming, or who works with vulnerable men and women in the voluntary sector.
This course covers a range of self-harming behaviours including:
- cutting, ripping or carving skin
- burning skin
- punching or hitting themselves
- scratching or pinching (including dermatillomania)
- poisoning themselves with tablets or liquids (to similar)
- Over-eating and under-eating (anorexia or bulimia)
- Biting yourself (dermatophagia)
- Inserting objects into your body
- overdosing, exercising excessively
- pulling your hair (trichotillomania)
- getting into flights where you know you will get hurt
The whole course was invaluable. It was well organised and the information was presented and of great help and interest.Support Worker
The fact that Emily was speaking from extensive practical experience of helping those with self-harming was immensely helpful.Health Practitioner
A really well paced day with lots of relevant practical information and advice. I loved the films - they really helped me to get an overview of the subject and clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of the approach – what amazing women. I’m very grateful to them.GP