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Understanding Self-Harm – Online

What is Understanding Self Harm?

It is a half-day educational and awareness raising workshop, with an emphasis on experiential learning and participation.

Who is it for?

Anyone involved in supporting someone who self harms.

What are the training goals?

The session combines various teaching methods including discussion, an experiential exercise, small group and pair work and whole group discussion. Each participant receives a resource pack with further learning materials and information about sources of support. The workshop is facilitated to encourage a safe and effective learning environment. Areas addressed in the workshop include:

  • Attitudes and preconceptions toward self-injury
  • The dynamics, meaning and functions of self-injury
  • Causes and triggers
  • Cycles of harm
  • Helpful and unhelpful responses to people who self-injure
  • Alternative coping strategies
  • Organisational and clinical responses to self injury

This course has been designed for those working with individuals who self harm. As such, the workshop will include discussion and description of methods of self harm, self injury and suicide. If you have been closely affected by any of these issues, or feel that this may be challenging at this time, we would invite you to consider your relationship to the topic before booking your place.


“[The trainers] delivered a difficult topic in such an attentive and nurturing way. I walked away learning a lot more than I did coming in and feel equipped to get started with some of the approaches and strategies you went through with us in the training.”


Eligibility for a funded training place

This training has been funded by UOK – a network of local services committed to supporting good mental health and wellbeing in Brighton and Hove. To be eligible for a funded place you need to be working within the Brighton & Hove City boundary, with people in vulnerable or high risk groups. As a guide, we offer each organisation three places per course type, per financial year.