How to reduce and overcome self-harm
Effective help for adolescents and adults
Overcoming and even stopping self-harming behaviours is possible with the right help and support – this inspiring online course gives you the essential insights and tools you need…
Please note – there is also an attended workshop version of this course which includes practical exercises and counts towards Part 1 of the Human Givens Diploma. This online course has additional multiple choice questions to help deepen your learning. If you take this online course, you can attend the in-person workshop at 50% off.
Helpful that real-life experiences were used as examples, trainer had excellent work-based knowledge…Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator
Self harm and self-injury behaviours are sadly now very common, particularly among young people. It’s a very emotive and sensitive subject for everyone involved; many find self harming stressful to work with and hard to treat. And self-harm doesn’t just impact the individual themselves, it can badly affect the people around them too. But there is hope…
Why take this course
Emily Gajewski, psychotherapist and self-harm expert, is passionate about sharing her unique knowledge, skills and new insights with you. Her important 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.
It is Jam-packed with essential information, proven techniques and helpful tips – you will hear from people who have been able to completely stop self-harming (or dramatically reduce it) and are now living fulfilled lives as a result of this approach.
This online course will provide you with the clarity you have been looking for – and enable you to create a cohesive and effective treatment strategy
Give those who are struggling with self harm the best chance of reducing and eventually stopping self-harming behaviours, improve their mental health and their outlook of life.
I work with self-harming teenagers a lot and learned valuable new tools on this course...Sara Simon
What will you learn
- A greater understanding of self-injury and why it occurs
- 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
- Knowledge of the important skills needed for working with people who self-harm (these are practised on our attended workshop)
- 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
- Insights from a highly experienced tutor who has extensive hands-on experience of helping people successfully overcome self-harming
- Ways to help people build resilience against future stressful circumstances
- Tips on finding the most helpful coping strategies
- How to help people create an alternative ‘safe place’ for themselves
- Information that will 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
Good to know
The online course Tackling Addiction also gives you a lot of information relevant to self-harm and the further skills you will learn on the Brief therapy for stopping addictions workshop can also be useful for working with people who self-harm.
Guided imagery and visualisation are key skills to have for implementing the strategies covered on this course.
Invaluable - it was like lifting a veil on the reasons for self-harmTeacher
Who is this course suitable for?
The profound information and advice on this course is presented in a clear, practical way so that it is readily accessible and helpful to as many people as possible, including:
- Health and welfare professionals, including: psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, mental health nurses, psychiatrists, student wellbeing officers, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, health visitors, youth workers, outreach and support workers
- School counsellors, teachers and other educational professionals
- Parents and carers of someone who self-harms
- Anyone who has a friend who is self-harming – or who works with vulnerable men and women in the voluntary sector.
This course is relevant to 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 fights where you know you will get hurt
The whole course was invaluable. It was well organised and the information presented was of great help and interest.Support Worker
A really well paced course 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
The whole day was very interesting with lots of material and time to try out ideas – gave me confidence I didn’t have before.Project worker