Suicidal Distress & Self-Harm: Support Strategies & Risk Assessment
Duration 1 day
This one-day course deals with the challenging area of understanding and supporting the suicidal and self-harming client. The course will explore how and why people in distress might deliberately harm themselves and will introduce a range of basic skills that will enable staff to respond sensitively, effectively and with confidence to suicidal and self-harming clients.
- The general principles of working safely and effectively with suicidal and self-harming clients
- Risk factors and levels of risk: who is at risk of suicide and self-harm and why?
- Common approaches to managing suicidal and self-harming clients at varying levels of risk
- Relationship between suicide and self-harm
- Definition of self-harm
- Why do people self-harm?
- Responses to self harming behaviours: how to maintain a positive and effective relationship
- Understanding an episode of self-harm
- A range of strategies and working methods to effectively support the self-harming client including validation, harm minimisation and self management
Methods of Delivery
The trainer will use a variety of learning methods to both inform and engage delegates in a relaxed and interactive atmosphere, including PowerPoint presentation, flipchart work, group discussions and small group work.
- Course Content
- Training Considerations
- Related Courses
- Identify the principles for supporting suicidal and self-harming clients
- Describe a range of possible causes of suicide
- Identify the main risk factors for suicide
- Describe actions to be taken at varying levels of risk
- Describe a range of possible causes and functions of self-harming behaviours
- Identify basic strategies for supporting self-harming clients
Individuals and volunteers who come into contact with clients who are at risk of or who have a history of suicidal and/or self-harming behaviours and want to develop a better understanding of why people in distress may harm themselves and how others can support them through this.
Delegates should consider their personal experiences around the issues of suicide and self harm.
The delegates will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.
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