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Overcoming Self-harm
How to help people stop self-harming

A one-day course with Self-Harm expert: Emily Gajewski
CPD Certificate (6 hours)

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

Self-harming and self-injury behaviours are increasing at an alarming rate – particularly among 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.

Why take this course?

Emily Gajewski has decades of hands-on experience helping people 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 people, 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.

What you will 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
  • The common obstacles to successfully overcoming self-harm – and what you can do about them

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


Course Programme

The 'Moving 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 symptom that something’s not working in the person’s life and they’re struggling to cope with the resultant distressing emotions or circumstances
  • 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 psychological 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:

Overcoming Self-harm
How to help people stop self-harming

Thursday 17th October 2019                        London

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