Understanding and Managing Self-Harm

This programme illuminates some of the reasons why a young person might harm themselves, and basic strategies for assessing and managing the risks.

People may harm themselves for a range of reasons: to cope with emotional distress, as a way of punishing themselves, as a response to intrusive thoughts, or as a cry for help.

This course is for professionals and carers working with young people who are concerned about managing risks presented by young people, including self-harm, suicidal thoughts and behaviour.

By the end of this day, participants will have:
  • An understanding of why young people harm themselves
  • An understanding of what makes suicide and self-harm different
  • A psychological framework for formulating the needs of young people who self-harm
  • A basic toolkit for assessing and managing risk
  • Reflected on ways to cope with their own emotions and needs when working with young people who self harm

More Headsight courses which might interest you…

Understanding and responding to suicidal behaviour

This course will provide you with a model for assessing risk and supporting people who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings.

Understanding attachment

Relationships are fundamental to human experience, and in this course you’ll learn about the common attachment types and how they affect a person’s life.

Developing a PACE informed approach

Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy (PACE) is a therapeutic approach which can work wonders with children and young people.

Did you know?

We also offer a wide range of therapeutic approaches, including many of the methods we teach in our courses.