1-day workshop

Overcoming Self-harm

How to help people stop self-harming

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

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Overcoming Self-harm

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  • Length: 1 day (9.30am - 4.00pm)

  • Tutor: Emily Gajewski

  • CPD Certificate: 6 hours

  • Price: £192 per person

Price includes lunch, refreshments and course notes

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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-harm

Teacher

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 completely stopped (or dramatically reduced) self-harming 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
  • 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
  • New confidence when making interventions with people who once seemed unreachable

Course Programme

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.

Reviews for this course

4.6/5 (15 Reviews)
  1. 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.

  2. Student Welfare Officer

    Very relevant to my workplace and profession.

  3. Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator

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

  4. IT Service Management

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. HG Therapist/OT

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

  8. Counsellor

    Lovely teaching, very real and human.

  9. Psychotherapist

    Good quality information well presented. Excellent content and presenter.

  10. Teacher

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Housewife/mother

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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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