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How to help young people who self harm new

– how to react, support and move forward

Discover how you can best help a young person who self-harms – gain the insights and skills you need to approach this distressing subject respectfully and safely, a better understanding of what self-harm is, why young people self-harm, and much more…

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How to help young people who self harm (Live Online)

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  • Date: Thurs 13th Oct 2022

  • Length: 3.5 hours (with breaks)

  • Start time: 8.45am BST

  • Tutor: Emily Gajewski

  • Limited places available

  • CPD Certificate: 3 hours

  • Price: £49 per person


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Live Online Webinar Thursday 13th October 2022
Join Emily Gajewski – an expert in helping people overcome self-harm – for this special live webinar. All you need is a quiet place to watch, a computer or tablet and a strong internet signal, the rest is easy. Simply book your place and we will email you your confirmation. You will receive your Zoom link the day before the event.
EXTRA BONUS – the training will be recorded, in case anyone experiences technical difficulties on the day, so you will also get a recording for a limited time afterwards to maximise your learning.

The aim of this live online training with Emily Gajewski, a highly experienced psychotherapist specialising in treating self-harm, is to give you a thorough, in-depth understanding of why young people self-harm and how to approach/react when helping someone in both the short and long term, including the essential skills most likely to effectively support the young person on their journey to find less harmful ways of coping – the webinar focuses on the most evidence-based knowledge and skills in this area. It will also help you find ways of calming yourself in moments of overwhelm to ensure that you can be as supportive and helpful as you’d like to be.

Why you should attend

With the ever changing, uncertain world we live in creating a vast amount of pressure on children – emotionally and physically – more children and teenagers are experiencing extremely stressful, distressing situations, with many looking for coping mechanisms to help them deal with their negative thoughts, feelings and emotions. Self harm (including self injury) is hugely on the increase and rates are higher than ever since Covid-19 and the long periods of isolation and uncertainty young people have experienced in ‘lock downs’.

A survey of 61 secondary school children by charity Place2Be, shows self-harm reports increased by 77%, from 48 to 85, from August to September 2021.

Finding the right words to approach self-harming can be difficult – this webinar was created to help you (parents, carers, teachers) approach this topic with empathy and confidence. Discovering that a young person you are caring for is self harming can be an extremely stressful situation. When we are highly emotional, it can cause us to react in desperate ways, which are often not helpful or supportive to the young person, even if our intentions are totally well-meaning.

“A really helpful, caring approach – it has clarified so much for me and I can now see a sensible way forward.”

Martin, Parent.

This course is relevant to a range of self-harming behaviours including:

  • self-injury
  • cutting, ripping or carving skin
  • burning skin
  • punching or hitting themselves
  • scratching or pinching (including dermatillomania)
  • poisoning themselves with tablets or liquids (or 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 fights where you know you will get hurt

What you will learn

  • What is self-harm?
  • Why young people self-harm
  • How common is self-harming
  • How to approach the subject (building rapport, trust…)
  • How to react if your child (or any young person) tells you they are self harming (what not to say and do)
  • The distinction between self harm and a suicide attempt
  • The addictive element to self harm
  • How to help a young person break the addictive pattern
  • Helping a child in the short- and long term
  • The influence of social media and peers
  • Keeping your child safe
  • Looking after yourself (managing stress, anxiety and worry for the household)
  • Finding professional help

Who this training is suitable for

  • Parents, other family members and/or carers of children and young people who are at risk of self harming or currently self harming.
  • Anyone who works with young people and needs to know how best to help when someone discloses that they self-harm or who they suspect may be self-harming.
  • Therapists and counsellors who want to gain a better understanding so they can support families with a member who self harms.

Course Programme

The ‘How to help young people who self harm’ live online webinar starts at 8.45am and runs until 1.00pm (BST).

Register your interest – next date

If you can’t make this course, please complete the form below and we’ll email you when another date becomes available.

Reviews for this course

4.9/5 (16 Reviews)
  1. Youth Worker

    Excellent and informative course. It gave me a good overall understanding of self-harming, how to deal with it and how to best advice clients.

  2. Emma Hudson, Addiction therapist and mindfulness teacher

    I enjoyed every minute – massively informative, loads of info, beautifully delivered and explained – the opportunity for group interaction in the breakout rooms and plenty of time for questions was all managed superbly. Well done everyone involved!

  3. Elly Turnbull, Education Mental Health Practitioner

    This course gave a thorough overview of the issue of self-harm with personal stories and examples from clients and therapists. Despite it being aimed predominately at parents, as a practitioner I found it a useful and engaging workshop and I am already thinking about how I can take what I have learned forward to my clinical work. I will certainly recommend it to the parents I work with who are looking for more information around supporting their child with self-harm.

  4. Photographer – came to course as a parent

    Thank you for offering an on-line, interactive course about self harm and teenagers. There were some really useful takeaways I feel I can implement with my daughter, and I feel better informed about how I can really think through my gentle parenting to make sure I keep the dialogue open and empathetic with my daughter.

  5. Counsellor

    This was very helpful and informative with lots of links to additional resources and websites.

  6. Emma Treby, Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapist

    I thoroughly enjoyed the online course. It had a friendly atmosphere where participants could share comfortably. There was a good pace and opportunity for brain breaks.

  7. Katie Jones, 1 :1 MH Support Worker

    I thought the course was great – helpful that we had the handouts before hand. Emily was great at delivering and I learnt a lot! Helpful to have a few 10 minute breaks to get a drink etc. – keeps me able to concentrate. Liked the fact that all the links were put into the chat box. Also enjoyed the interaction with others on the course when we went into the breakout room.

  8. Paula Wilson, Counsellor

    Although I am an experienced young person’s counsellor I found this course really helpful – the ideas presented were practical and will be very helpful with clients. The handouts were comprehensive and a valuable resource. It was interesting to have a mix of professionals and parents attending, with more time this could have been explored in more depth. Overall the course was value for money and I would recommend this to other professionals.

  9. Viv Brown, Counsellor

    Very informative – I liked the fact there were videos and case studies.

  10. Caroline Stanley, Wellbeing Co-ordinator & 1 - 1 support worker for Mid & North Powys Mind

    The course was very informative – excellent content. I learnt a great deal and feel more confident in my ability to talk about self harm with the people I support.

  11. Julia Smith, Learning Support Assistant

    As a parent of a child with a history of self-harming and my work as a TA I found this course very informative. I could relate to many things Emily was sharing and I will certainly be using the information given to help support my child. I strongly believe that in the future this course would be better run over a longer period and to hold courses aimed at parents and carers separately to health professionals. This is my personal opinion.

  12. Training Team Lead

    A really engaging and helpful course. I learnt lots – thank you!

  13. Lorna Jones, Mental Health CYP Team Lead


  14. Counsellor

    Very informative with a lot of practical advice and resources that I can use straight away with clients.

  15. Amanda Hagan, Complementary Therapist and Professional Voice Practitioner

    Emily is absolutely wonderful and always delivers her courses knowledgeably and with empathy. Another excellent course.

  16. Nicky Adams, Psychotherapist

    Very informative – excellent tutor. Also found the handouts very helpful and have used some of new learning with clients.

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