See my pain.
Creative strategies and activities for young people who self-harm.
Date: 26 October 2017
Venue: Dalpark-Education Development Centre. 18 Essenhout Street, Dalpark, Brakpan.
Presenter: Dr. Lenette Kruger
CPD: 5 General; Level 1
Negative thoughts about self-worth, body-image and ineffective ways of dealing effectively with emotions often lead to self-injury (cutting, picking, carving, pinching, burning, biting etc.) as a way of coping. These clients seldom arrive on their own at your private practice or report to the counsellor at school. They are often referred by a concerned parent, teacher or friend. In working with youth who self-injure it is helpful to have approaches and activities that will resonate with the client and be helpful to express their feelings, understand why they self-injure, engage in a healing process and explore new methods of coping and prevention in order for them to find new meaning and purpose in their lives.
Aims of the workshop:
The aim is to clarify and understand the following:
- Classifying self-injury and the varieties of self-injury.
- Explore the underlying causes of self-injury.
- Assess the road to self-injury.
- Discuss the categories of self-injury.
- Discuss risk factors, myths and culture subgroups that play a role.
- Discuss ethical considerations for working with youth who self-injure and the role of the therapist.
- Classifying stages of addictions and change.
- Illustrate practical interventions and strategies for helping youth who self-injure.
Outcomes of the workshop:
After completion of the workshop the participants will be able to:
- Have a beter understanding of the nature of self-injury with young people.
- Implement the ethical principles in working with youth who self-injure.
- Gain strategies, techniques and knowledge of activities to assist youth who self-injure.