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Self harming behaviours: Improving responses and minimising harm

04.03.16 9:00 am
04.03.16 4:30 pm


Children in Wales

*: £140.00 – £160.00

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This course is for all practitioners working with young people who want to increase their understanding of why young people self harm, and how best to support those who do. Research has shown that self harm is viewed as a highly sensitive topic by professionals, parents and young people, with issued regarding stigma and the misunderstanding of causes leading to uncertainty as to how best to support young people who self harm. Understanding self harm is therefore crucial in providing effective support to those in need.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  •  Understand common myths surrounding self harm, as well as issues regarding stigma
  •  Understand and appreciate the perspective of other professionals, parents and young people
  • Assess and manage risk, understand the concept of harm minimisation, and be better able to explore alternatives to self harm within the context of your role
  • Apply and manage risk, understand the concept of harm minimisation, and be better able to explore alternatives to self harm within the context of your role
  • Apply proven strategies aimed at developing the resilience of those vulnerable to self harm
  • Develop a self harm policy tailored to your needs, designed to provide clear information and guidance
  • Explore and reflect upon your own feelings towards self harm, and consider how such views influence your practice

What others have said about the course:

I feel less worried and scared of the topic (Teacher)

How is this course relevant to me?

Between 1 and 12, and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm, equating to around 2 children in every classroom

Inpatient admission of young people under 25 for self harm have increased b y 68% in the last ten years

Other Resources available from YoungMinds

Taling Taboos – Talking Self Harm Report (YoungMinds and Cello, 2012)

Self Harm Factsheet – YoungMinds Website



Liz is a former Secondary English teacher with many years of experience as an assessor for AQA.

More recently she has worked as a Specialist Behaviour Teacher, and spent five years supporting young people and providing support to schools regarding bullying issues.

Liz lectured in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Bridgend College. As well as working as a trainer and consultant for YoungMinds, Liz currently works therapeutically with victims of child sexual exploitation throughout South Wales

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