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From self-harm ... to self-belief Free choice subject
Discover the new insights and techniques
that are reducing self-harming behaviours

A one-day course with tutor: Emily Gajewski

What you will gain from attending:

  • The essential Dos and Don'ts for teams and individuals working with people who self-harm
  • The chance to work with a highly experienced tutor who has extensive hands-on experience of helping people who self-harm
  • Demystification of self-harming behaviours and a greater understanding of why they occur
  • Powerful techniques and a 'tried-and-tested' framework, drawn from profound knowledge about what people need to function well, that will transform your effectiveness
  • How to tell the difference between self-harming and a suicide attempt
  • An opportunity to learn and practise some of the key skills you need when working with people who self-harm
  • A cohesive and effective treatment strategy
  • Enlightening filmed interviews and case histories which show how it is possible to help self-harmers to live fulfilling lives again
  • New confidence when making interventions with people who once seemed unreachable
  • Practical ways for reducing your anxiety when working in this area
  • And much more

Why this day is important:

Self-harming is on the increase at an alarming rate – particularly among young people – and it is one of the behaviours many find hard to treat.

Emily Gajewski's inspiring training day demystifies self-harming and its causes and shows why we should not give up on people — even in the most apparently hopeless situations.

It is common to feel powerless in the face of such wilful self-destruction – and many also find such behaviour difficult to understand or sympathise with – but armed with the clear, research-based framework and practical skills taught on this course, you needn’t feel that way again.

Its wealth of information and useful tips will ensure you give sufferers the best chance of moving on in their lives – you will hear from people who have completely stopped (or dramatically reduced) self-harming and are now living fulfilled lives.


Who should attend?

  • Any psychologist, counsellor, psychotherapist, mental health nurse, psychiatrist, GP, doctor, nurse, OT, social worker, health visitor or support worker who wishes to be more effective at healing people to stop or significantly reduce self-harming
  • If you work with vulnerable men and women in the voluntary sector, have a friend or relative who is self-harming, or are in any situation where you may be in contact with people who self-harm, this day is for you
  • Anyone who is struggling with the constant anxiety often experienced when working with people who threaten or actually do self-harm
  • 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.


Course Programme

The 'From self-harm to self-belief' course starts at 9.30am and runs until 4.00pm.

The day's agenda

Registration: 8.30am to 9.30am (Tea or coffee served until 9.25am)

9.30am – A way of staying alive

  • Demystifying self-harming behaviours and seeing them for what they really are – a way to cope when innate needs are not being met
  • The importance of differentiating between self-harm and suicide attempts
  • The type of life circumstances that might lead to self-harming behaviour
  • Learning from the experiences of people who have moved on from self-harm (filmed interviews)
  • The essential components needed to keep us emotionally well and why some people are driven to extreme measures to 'stay alive'. Exercise.

11.00am — Discussion over tea/coffee

11.30am – The best way forward

  • The most up-to-date research and guidelines around working with self-harm, including positive risk management and harm minimisation
  • The addictive element of self-harming behaviour and how to break it.
  • How to help your clients take back control of their lives
  • The RIGAAR™ model: the basis of the most effective treatment for self-harm
  • Tips on building rapport with those who seem difficult to reach. Exercise: practising these skills

1.00pm — Lunch break

1.45pm – Vital steps on the healing journey

  • The common obstacles to moving on and some powerful solutions
  • The cycle of change. Alleviating unnecessary pressure on those trying to help
  • Top tips for engaging someone in their recovery plan: the importance of ‘grading’ goals appropriately and focusing on the transformational qualities of having a ‘role’
  • Exercise: helping people set and achieve goals in order to meet their innate needs and start moving away from self-harm
  • Shared experiences of how obstacles were overcome and advice to those trying to help (film).

2.45pm — Discussion over tea/coffee

3.00pm – Bridging the gap between therapy and 'real life'

  • Why having a clear structure of the human givens framework in all interventions will increase your confidence in working with self-harm
  • How to use imagination to dramatically increase the likelihood of clients succeeding in achieving their goals
  • Live demonstration and practice of the techniques
  • How such interventions have transformed seemingly hopeless lives (film)
  • Summary of ideas to enhance your work immediately
  • The essential Dos and Don’ts from those who receive the treatment

4.00pm — Day ends

Book your place on this popular course now:

From self-harm ... to self-belief

Thursday 8th March 2018                              London

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Thursday 14th June 2018                                Dublin

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Thursday 28th June 2018                              London

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Tuesday 9th October 2018                            London

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To book by phone call 01323 811690.
Alternatively, you can download an application form and post or fax it to:
Human Givens College, Chalvington, East Sussex, BN27 3TD.
 00 44 (0)1323 811486

Also see, How to Book