How to help young people who self harm
13th October @ 08:45 - 12:15 BSTGBP49
The aim of this live online training with Emily Gajewski, a highly experienced psychotherapist specialising in treating self-harm, is to give you a thorough, in-depth understanding of why young people self-harm and how to approach/react when helping someone in both the short and long term, including the essential skills most likely to effectively support the young person on their journey to find less harmful ways of coping – the webinar focuses on the most evidence-based knowledge and skills in this area. It will also help you find ways of calming yourself in moments of overwhelm to ensure that you can be as supportive and helpful as you’d like to be.
Why you should attend
With the ever-changing, uncertain world we live in creating a vast amount of pressure on children – emotionally and physically – more children and teenagers are experiencing extremely stressful, distressing situations, with many looking for coping mechanisms to help them deal with their negative thoughts, feelings and emotions. Self harm (including self injury) is hugely on the increase and rates are higher than ever since Covid-19 and the long periods of isolation and uncertainty young people have experienced in ‘lock-downs’.
Finding the right words to approach self-harming can be difficult – this webinar was created to help you (parents, carers, teachers) approach this topic with empathy and confidence. Discovering that a young person you are caring for is self harming can be an extremely stressful situation. When we are highly emotional, it can cause us to react in desperate ways, which are often not helpful or supportive to the young person, even if our intentions are totally well-meaning.
This course is relevant to a range of self-harming behaviours including:
cutting, ripping or carving skin
punching or hitting themselves
scratching or pinching (including dermatillomania)
poisoning themselves with tablets or liquids (or similar)
over-eating and under-eating (anorexia or bulimia)
biting yourself (dermatophagia)
inserting objects into your body
overdosing, exercising excessively
pulling your hair (trichotillomania)
getting into fights where they know they will get hurt
What you will learn
What is self-harm?
Why young people self-harm
How common is self-harming
How to approach the subject (building rapport, trust…)
How to react if your child (or any young person) tells you they are self harming (what not to say and do)
The distinction between self harm and a suicide attempt
The addictive element to self harm
How to help a young person break the addictive pattern
Helping a child in the short- and long term
The influence of social media and peers
Keeping your child safe
Looking after yourself (managing stress, anxiety and worry for the household)
Who this training is suitable for
Parents, other family members and/or carers of children and young people who are at risk of self harming or currently self harming.
Anyone who works with young people and needs to know how best to help when someone discloses that they self-harm or who they suspect may be self-harming.
Therapists and counsellors who want to gain a better understanding, so they can support families with a member who self harms. Finding professional help