Course Profile

Course Profile: Suicide and Self-Harm (Advanced) (1 Day)
Suicide and self-harm involves the expression of violence against the self.  To successfully intervene with people who injure themselves and/or attempt to take their own life, professionals need to feel confident that they possess the skills required to make more accurate assessments of suicidal risk.
Because the coherence and accuracy of suicide risk assessment primarily depends on the professional’s own containment this course aims to provide social care staff with a deeper understanding of the complexities of suicide prevention and the underlying causes of self-harm.  The training draws on Trauma and Attachment Theory, DSM, NICE Guidelines and psychoanalytic perspectives. The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards. It links to the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013)
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF HWB1.1
Code of Practice for SCW 4
Care Certificate: Standards 1.1d, 1.3, 1.4, 3, 5, 6, 7, 13.2, 13.4, 13.9
The course is designed for all support and care staff working at all levels and settings and particularly in Mental Health services and services for Younger People.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The impact of developmental trauma on self-regulation
  • Maladaptive coping strategies and self-injury
  • NICE Guidelines for Self-Harm
  • Suicide prevention strategies
  • Attempted suicide; assessing and managing risks
  • Egotistic, altruistic and anomic suicide types
  • The importance of containment after a suicide attempt
  • Building competencies in working with panic and the fear of loss of control
  • How to work with transference and clients' life scripts
  • What a psychosocial assessment entails and planning to conduct an assessment
  • Implementing a care plan and undertaking brief suicide prevention techniques
  • How to apply problem solving therapy and CBT with people who self-harm
  • Secondary trauma impact and the importance of supervision
  • Crisis and emotional support contacts
Training methods utilised take into account the learning needs of attendees as well as the sensitive nature of the subject and include:  Presentations, Role-play, Trust exercises , Word-storming, Feedback, Discussion, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Group work, Handouts