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Skills for Managing Self Harm

A practical one day course to enable delegates to understand self harm and suicidal risk more effectively in a range of different client groups.

Why Do People Self Harm? - Exploding The Myths

Understanding the meaning of self harming behaviour is key to effectively helping clients to manage it. Such behaviour can be due to a wide range of factors, from stimulation through to suicidal intent. Equally, there are often factors distinguishing those who attempt suicide unsuccessfully and those that successfully complete it. This course enables delegates to identify the reasons as they apply to their own clients and to explode a number of myths surrounding the process of self harm.

Assessing Risk - And Reducing It

The course will provide delegates with essential tools for assessing the existence of self harm as well as the key risk factors associated with it.

  • How likely is someone to self harm - and when?
  • What is the risk of a person killing themselves?
  • What different methods of self-harm are there and what are their effects?
  • How can you reduce the risks of someone self harming?

Working With People Who Self Harm

Delegates will learn a menu of strategies & approaches for working with different client groups as well as those who self harm for different reasons. A clear list of 'dos' and 'don'ts' will be identified in each instance. Individual worker and service responses to self-harm will be examined along with the latest work examining effectiveness. Case material will be used to provide delegates with clear illustration and the opportunity to deal with difficult and complex cases.

Ethical & Legal Issues

The field of self harm gives rise to a range of ethical and legal concerns which delegates will have a chance to explore and develop responses to. Issues addressed will include (amongst others):

  • The worker's responsibilities
  • The dilemma of ignoring ‘attention seeking’ self harm
  • The ethics of providing 'safe self harm' information

Issues covered include:

  • Engagement – what to say and what not to say to self-harming clients
  • The nature of the physical risks of different forms of DSH
  • The multi-functional nature of DSH
  • The Experiential Avoidance Model of DSH
  • Assessment and formulation of DSH
  • Cognitive strategic approaches to DSH
  • Addressing common DSH NATs, Addressing Core Beliefs
  • Treating DSH as a safety behaviour
  • Self-Management and skills training
  • Case study illustrations

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
B.A. (Oxon), M.Sc, M.Clin.Psychol., BABCP (Accred)

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. Having originally taken a degree in history at Oxford University, Paul chose to make Psychology his professional career and took an MSc degree in Psychology at Sussex University followed by training as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist including primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health and has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Paul has a particular interest in people motivation for change, resistance and reasons of why people do NOT change and currently focuses on practical applications of resource based therapies. He has presented and written on a range of psychological issues with particular emphasis on working with clients’ inner resources for overcoming problems.

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