If you are working in a professional setting as a counsellor, social worker, psychologist, youth worker or pastor, working with teenagers you will know exactly how prevalent self-harm and suicide is in our teenagers today.
This very sensitive, delicate and serious topic is something we can no longer avoid or work around as this is a HUGE theme that continues to present itself in practice.
Statistics confirm that cases of teenage suicide and self-harm are on the rise, and yet, there is a huge lack of training or courses that adequately equips professionals in the field of working with teenagers, especially in dealing effectively with the topics of Self-Harm and Suicide.
In this jam-packed, 2 day ONLINE course – put together by Anschel Pieterson (Social Worker in private practice) and Alicia Coertze (Specialist Wellness counsellor with special focus on teenagers); various aspects with regards to self-harm and suicide in working with teenagers will be explored and discussed, and practical implementation thereof will be outlined.
Please note: This course is an add-on to our “Working with Teenagers” – foundation course, where we specifically focus on working with teenagers in general.
Although our foundation course (Working with Teenagers) is not a pre-requisite for our Teenagers, Self-harm & Suicide course, it is recommended that you do attend it as well, in order to lay a solid foundation in your work with teenagers.
What you can expect from this course:
- Comprehensive Theoretical background on Self-Harm Including:
- South African Statistics
- Self-Harm Myths
- Parental Experiences
- An extensive outline in understanding Self-Harm including:
- Causes of Adolescent Self-Harm
- Factors that make Adolescents vulnerable to self-harm
- Methods Adolescents use to Self-Harm
- Contributing Factors to Adolescents Self-Harming
- The Adolescent Brain pertaining to Self-Harm and why self-harm works for them
- How to work with teenagers who Self-Harm and what interventions can be used.
- How to facilitate and approach a Self-Harm Disclosure
- Intervention strategies in working with Adolescents who Self-Harm
- Alternatives to Self-Harm
- Intervention and insight into the parental experience
- An extensive outline in understanding of Adolescent Suicide ideation including:
- Factors influencing Adolescents’ vulnerability to suicide ideation
- Contributing factors to why Adolescents have suicidal ideation
- Adolescent developmental factors increasing their risk
- Mental health and suicidal ideation
- Suicide contagion effect
- How to work with teenagers who have Suicidal ideation and what interventions can be used.
- How to facilitate and approach a Suicidal Disclosure
- Suicidal signs and red flags
- Suicide Risk Assessment
- Interventions in approaching a suicidal adolescent
- Duty to report/confidentiality issues relating to suicidal threats
- Intervention and insight into the parental experience and involvement
- Ethical considerations in Self-Harm and Suicide
- Duty to report
- Limitations in Scope of Practice and Referral
- Parental involvement
- Practically applicable tools to use in the counselling room (Worksheets, Parental Pamphlets, and MORE!)