This three-hour training is designed for school personnel interested in learning to understand and respond to youth who harm themselves. The training helps to differentiate self-injury from suicidal behavior and identify practical strategies for intervention.
Why Do We Need Training on Self-Injury?
- The behavior is all too common, with an estimated one out of 200 teen girls regularly practicing self-injury behavior.
- Caregivers need help sorting out self-injury behavior from suicidal behavior.
- It is difficult for many of us to understand why anyone would intentionally hurt him/herself. Many caregivers speak to being “at a loss” with how to respond when a young person they know is engaged in self-injury behavior and/or expressing suicidal ideas.
Who Should Attend?
Professionals and paraprofessionals who work with youth. The content is introductory and does not presume any expertise on the topic. This training is not intended to be a therapeutic workshop for practitioners who are treating individuals engaged in self-injury behavior and/or having suicidal ideation.
What to expect from Self-Injury Training:
- Basic facts about adolescents & self-injury: Risk factors, statistics and reasons
- Signs to look for
- School protocols: Prevention, handling disclosures, family communication, safety planning
- Non Suicidal Self Injury vs. Suicide
- Recovery and treatment
- Next steps
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