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Specialist Course: Understanding & Supporting Self-Harm (LONG)



In this long course, we take a deep dive into Self-Harm, exploring the physiology, psychology and contributing factors which affect children and adolescents.

Please allow 2 – 2.5 hours to complete this course.

In section one, you will learn:

  • The nature of self-harm
  • The differentiation between Non-Suicidal Self Injury and suicide
  • Types of self-harm
  • Causes and triggers of self-harm
  • The window of tolerance
  • Stress management (internalised and externalised emotions)
  • Children’s responses to stress
  • Signs of emotional distress in children
  • The self-harm cycle
  • Autism and self-harm

In section two, we will look at: 

  • Psychopathology of self-harm
  • Stress and self-harm
  • The central nervous system
  • Risk factors for self-harm
  • Mental health and the medical system
  • Seeking professional help
  • Myths and misconceptions of self-harm
  • Talking about self-harm
  • Criticism and self-harm
  • Validating feelings of self-harm

In section three, we will: 

  • Strategies and alternatives to support young people who self-harm
  • Supporting young people to feel safe
  • Distraction Techniques
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Wider support, strategies and organisations

This course is validated by the ACCPH.  

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