Course Profile

Course Profile: Self-Harm (1 Day)
People who self harm often experience highly judgmental and hostile responses from others, particularly in emergency services. On this course this challenging subject is approached from a range of perspectives, including Psychiatric; however the main focus is on the Social Model and how people can be supported in a Person Centred way. Harm minimization is examined as is the human rights vs. duty of care debate.
The course is informed by the DSM, the Mental Health Foundation, SANE, NICE guidance and Rogerian theory.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: HWB4.3
QCF: SHC024, HSC026, 2012, 2031, CMH302
Care Certificate: Standards 1.1d, 1.3, 3.2, 3.4, 6, 13.2
The course is designed for Health & Social Care workers in settings where self-harm occurs.
The course will help organisations meet CQC Fundamental Standards
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • What is meant by ‘self harm’
  • How self-harm is different to suicide attempts
  • The connection between the two
  • The different ways in which people self-harm
  • Who tends to self harm
  • Why people self harm-what they say
  • The traditional response to self harming
  • The contemporary approach to supporting people who self harm
  • The need to identify and how to identify risks
  • How to manage risks
  • What is meant by risk minimising
  • How to plan for a crisis
  • The legal position
  • The organisation’s policy
  • The tension between upholding people’s right to self harm and staff responsibility
  • The need for multi-disciplinary working
  • The need for staff Supervision
Training methods utilised include: Presentations, Chalk & Talk, PowerPoint, Group work, Handouts, Tutor presentations