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Saturday 9 June 2018
Dealing with Distress: Working with Self-Harm and Suicide (Bradford)
City Training Services, Bradford West Yorkshire
Saturday 16 June 2018
Dealing with Distress: Working with Self-Harm and Suicide (Bristol)
The Vassall Centre, Bristol
Friday 22 June 2018
Dealing with Distress: Working with Self-Harm and Suicide (Huntingdon)
Wood Green Animal Shelter, Huntingdon Cambridgeshire
Saturday 30 June 2018
Dealing with Distress: Working with Self-Harm and Suicide (London)
Amnesty International, London



  • How can you work safely and effectively with self-harming and suicidal clients?
  • How do you accurately assess risk in self-destructive behaviours?
  • When should you refer on?
  • How can you manage your own anxiety at working with a client in constant crisis?
  • Should you tackle self-harm head on, or is it best to ignore it?
  • What are your legal and moral responsibilities?
  • How can you help your clients deal differently with their distress?


Trauma dysregulates the nervous system and heightens our emotions.  In other words, distressing events leave us distressed.

Very often, because of the changes that trauma effects in our brains, that distress becomes unmanageable and unbearable, and we can end up in a vicious cycle of being distressed by being so distressed.

Self-harm is often viewed as a cry for help, but more often it is simply our best attempt to survive our pain. Its downside is that it carries significant health risks and evokes anxiety and distress in those around us.

With unrelenting distress, we turn to suicidal ideation, gesturing and acts, and often the ‘care’ we subsequently receive only further increases our distress.

Is there a way out of this cycle of distress? And as a professional working with this client group, how do you manage self-harm and suicidality in a safe and effective way?

This course, aimed principally at counsellors and psychotherapists, but also suitable for anyone supporting survivors of trauma, will explore the initial phase of trauma treatment in terms of safety and stabilisation.  We will look at how to work safely and effectively with self-harm and suicide: to cope with crisis and deal with distress.  This provides an essential foundation before direct trauma work should be attempted.

Attendees of this course will receive a CPD certificate for 6 hours, along with an extensive delegate pack including a free resource related to the course.

The speaker is Carolyn Spring.


10.00 am to 4.30 pm (registration from 9.30 am).


£85.00 (discounts and concessions available)


Delegates from a wide range of backgrounds and sectors attend our training, this includes:

  • counsellors
  • psychotherapists
  • psychologists
  • rape crisis or helpline staff and volunteers
  • CPNs / healthcare staff
  • police, prison and probation staff
  • social care staff
  • education staff
  • supporters
  • anyone working with people who have suffered trauma in childhood


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