1-day workshop

Overcoming Self-harm

How to reduce and prevent self-harming behaviours

With the right help and support most people who self-harm can, and do, fully recover over time – this inspiring course shows you how…

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Overcoming Self-harm

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A careful and well thought out approach to a very difficult topic...

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NEXT available date Join self-harm expert Emily Gajewski on Thursday 13th June in Bristol to learn from her extensive knowledge and experience in helping people move on from self-harm – book online now or call our friendly team on 01323 811690. More dates and venues.

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 self-harm course, you needn’t feel that way again.

Why take this course

CPD Provider LogoEmily 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.

Immensely helpful - Emily speaks from extensive practical experience of helping people who self-harm...

Health Practitioner

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

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Good to know

Good to know

Guided imagery and visualisation are key skills to have for implementing the strategies taught on this workshop.

The information and skills you will learn on Brief therapy for stopping addictions workshop can also be useful for working with people who self-harm.

Invaluable - it was like lifting a veil on the reasons for self-harm


Please note – there is also an online version of this course which covers the same information but not the practical exercises. (Because it lacks the practical exercises, the online course doesn’t count towards Part 1 of the HG Diploma.)

Course Programme

The ‘Overcoming Self-harm’ course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

Who is this course suitable 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
  • Anyone who has a friend or relative who is self-harming
  • Anyone who works with vulnerable men and women in the voluntary sector.

This course covers 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 (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
CPD Provider LogoThis course on understanding and overcoming self-harm has been independently accredited by the internationally recognised CPD Standards Office. On completion of this training you’ll receive CPD certificates from the College and the CPD Standards Office.

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Reviews for this course

4.9/5 (66 Reviews)
  1. Sarah Swanton, Director of Operations

    Emily is such a brilliant trainer of this topic, and it goes so well with the addictions workshop. I wondered before I arrived if this topic might feel quite ‘heavy’ and challenging, but once again the Human Givens approach makes sense of this subject as the solution. I now feel confident in how to help someone if they came to be for help with self harm.

  2. Laura McClintock, Head of Human Resources

    The course was delivered in such a competent manner with a really good balance of teaching and practical activities. I personally got so much out of today’s course. An excellent day! Thank you so much Emily.

  3. Counsellor

    Excellent tutor – she explained things very clearly and was approachable. I have a much clearer understanding of self-harm theory. The course provided useful information and techniques for practice, particularly around harm-minimisation.

  4. Ginny Swaffer, Manager

    Extremely helpful in my role of managing supported accommodation for adults with a mental health diagnosis. Very well delivered and informative.

  5. Jonathan Daniell

    Really enjoyed it. Good size group and excellent venue. Great content and not too intense.

  6. Louise George, Counsellor

    Thoroughly enjoyed the course – lots of very relevant information which I will be able to take into my practice.

  7. Teacher/Psychotherapist

    Such important concepts that aren’t the way that you might imagine them to be. Really good information and excellent opportunities to discuss and consolidate understandings. Really clear approach.

  8. Daniel Cooper, Neuroscientist and Psychoeducator

    A careful and well thought out approach to a very difficult topic. I feel a much greater appreciation for the range of useful interventions that can be used to help when helping someone struggling with these issues.

  9. Sara Jane, Law

    Emily is so fantastic. Her teaching style is very effective and you can really tell she cares about the issues and people. I feel very enriched having been taught by her and hope that I will come across Emily again. I hope she enjoyed teaching us as much as we enjoyed being taught by her.

  10. James Cooper, Rehab Manager

    Emily is exceptional and has everything an outstanding teacher needs. My best Human Givens experience yet.

  11. Rebecca Lagan, Mum

    Fabulous course today. I know so much more about self-harm that I did this morning and I feel I’ve gained an understanding of why, and a knowledge of what to do and what not to do. Thank you.

  12. Susan Lakhan, Optometrist

    Brilliant and so educational. Emily is a fantastic teacher – and I loved all the examples.

  13. S Houldsworth, Geologist, Eco-Therapist

    Superb, compassionate and humanising.

  14. Amy Holland, Director

    Amazing! Insightful and full of knowledge and compassion.

  15. Therapist

    Very informative! Working in pairs to practice is a very useful resource. Emily’s shared experiences were very helpful.

  16. Ingrid Steele, Coach/Facilitator

    Up to date, evidence-based, thorough course on self-harm using the HG methodology. Excellent.

  17. Behaviour Management Support (Dementia)

    A very thought-provoking session – very enriching and allows me to stretch my own skills.

  18. Iakovos Flaskis, Psychotherapist - Company Owner

    Brilliant, insightful, on-the-point material to take to your therapy room. A complex subject turned into concrete knowledge.

  19. Nicki Wyss, Safeguarding Manager, School

    Another thorough and fascinating course. Emily is so knowledgeable and adds real life experience which helps embed the concepts.

  20. Social Worker

    Very informative – resolved any concerns I had about methods of interventions with young people who self-harm

  21. Support Worker

    The whole course was invaluable. It was well organised and the information presented was of great help and interest, thank you.

  22. Melanie


  23. Trainee Sport & Exercise Psychologist

    This is a very intense course and can be quite distressing at times, but knowing how we can help people from feeling low enough to self-harm and given them back control of their lives is very reassuring.

  24. Psychologist

    Inspired and empowered to work with clients who self-harm.

  25. IT Software Architect

    I found it very informative, especially as the tutor, Emily, brought a real wealth of experience.

  26. Neuro-Therapist

    Brilliant course. Opened my eyes to how to deal with and treat self-harm.

  27. Local Government Officer

    A really useful day. This subject is so difficult for so many people and being more confident to talk about it is essential. I now have the confidence.

  28. HG Student/Retired L A Housing Advisor

    So useful. I’ve really found the course very interesting. I hope I will be able to use some of these techniques in future.

  29. Occupational Therapist

    The course was a welcome fuel stop from working in a CMHT. I learnt skills (listening) and the science informing the theories, eg about the fulfilment expectation theory.

  30. Performance Coach

    Self harm is one of society’s taboos which means it’s not perhaps as well understood as it could be. Emily’s style is very inclusive and the whole class was fully engaged.

  31. Rhonda Dow, Counsellor

    Lots of great information. Learned a lot of new information. Presented really well – thank you Emily.

  32. Vanessa Allen, Flood Risk - Environmental Planning

    Fantastic course dealing with a difficult subject. Learning so much and so pleased that I signed up to Human Givens

  33. General Practitioner

    Excellent, as usual.

  34. Latania Kennard, School Counsellor

    So useful to think about needs not being met and self-harm behaviour. Also the addictive nature and how it meets needs. Great course!

  35. Neuro Physical Therapist

    This knowledge today has tied up some loose ends for me. I have practiced NLP/EFT and body therapies for 30 years. I would like to explore more days to increase my knowledge and tool box! Thank you Emily.

  36. Jane Zoega, Psychotherapist

    I only did the one day course, but it has definitely whetted my appetite for further training with HG

  37. Maria, Therapist

    Excellent – lots of insights, new information very well explained and easy to follow

  38. Sean O’callaghan, Retired Teacher

    Well-structured learning to take in lots of information. Superb tutor

  39. Solution Brief Focused Therapy Counsellor

    I really enjoyed the course today. For me personally there was lots of new information, and from a very knowledgeable and eloquent trainer. Thank you.

  40. Jo Wood, HG Therapist/Adult/Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the self-harm course today – it has been a great addition to my HG journey/learning. In my view, it’s a ‘must-do’ cause for all HG therapists.

  41. Pauline Ronan, Teacher/NLP Practitioner

    So insightful and wonderful to have had such a wealth of knowledge from Emily. I liked the case studies of the ladies used.

  42. Michelle Buckles, Key Worker

    Another excellent course which was so interesting and I feel I gained a new understanding of self harm and how to deal with clients who may experience this. This should be taught to all frontline workers as it’s so valuable.

  43. Annette Henry, Barrister

    An exceptional course combining real world experience with practical, measurable techniques & results – the best mental health course I have ever attended in 30 years.

  44. Course attendee

    Such a useful course, I felt it was packed full of good information and tips. Really worthwhile.

  45. Liz, Care Home Manager

    This opened my eyes on the best approach when supporting a person who is self harming

  46. Emma Scott, Domestic Abuse, and Faith leader

    Excellent! Emily is so clear and concise. I appreciate the way she approaches the subject, sharing knowledge so naturally communicating with stories.

  47. Clinical Hypnotherapist

    Highly informative, well presented by a knowledgeable experience lecture – good venue with excellent food!

  48. Voluntary counsellor

    Very informative with clear explanations and examples. Today was really well taught and helpful.

  49. Doctor

    So grateful for this – really helpful. Way above my expectations.

  50. Sophie Pate, Digital Marketing Manager

    One of the best courses I have done so far. Emily is an amazing tutor and I found today fascinating and extremely valuable.

    Could have done another day I loved it so much!

  51. Martin, parent

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

  52. Malcolm, Social work

    All of the content was really useful. The film was an excellent way of bringing the ideas to life. I think that the course has put self-harm into context for me and reduced my anxiety about how to work with someone who self-harms.

  53. Student Welfare Officer

    Very relevant to my workplace and profession.

  54. Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator

    Excellent work-based knowledge of trainer – helpful that real-life experiences were used as examples.

  55. IT Service Management

    I understand so much more about self-harm reasons and treatment now. Films were a very powerful experience.

  56. Educational Psychologist

    I liked the practical and well structured techniques for working with self-harmers. I come across this regularly in my job. The HG approach and reframing of self-harm gives me a framework for talking differently about this issue with school professionals. An approach I can really use.

  57. Organisation Development worker

    Emily’s introduction describing how she came into this field immediately engaged me with the importance of the topic and the structure of the day – very helpful start.

  58. HG Therapist/OT

    Thank you so much for a really informative and thought-provoking day. So well put together.

  59. Counsellor

    Lovely teaching, very real and human.

  60. Psychotherapist

    Good quality information well presented. Excellent content and presenter.

  61. Teacher

    Excellent course – a mix of information and methods: film, discussion and activity.

  62. Therapist/Education Consultant

    Emily very elegantly presented HG principles in ways that encouraged new thoughts and ideas and offered a wide range of very useful and accessible, practical techniques. Her experience in working in this field was very apparent. An excellent example of ‘creating an effective environment for learning’ that was useful and enjoyable. A really worthwhile investment of time – CPD of the highest quality.

  63. Trainer/Assistant unit leader

    Yet again your training is highly relevant and current. This will be passed on to the staff I work with to inform/improve our work with young people.

  64. Housewife/mother

    Fantastic day with excellent information to help me increase my understanding and empathy. Films particularly powerful.

  65. Senior Social Work Practitioner

    I definitely feel more confident now in working with people who self-harm. I also think I need to look at our policies in the organisation I work for in the light of this.

  66. Counsellor in private practice

    The whole day has been an invaluable experience and helped me to re-evaluate what I have termed ‘self-harm’. It has alerted me to behaviours in the children I work with which I might otherwise have overlooked.

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