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  • ASCHP/CCSA: Can apply for external CPD points
    SACSSP: 7.5 points
  • Practical tools that can be used in the counselling room,
    Training manual,
    Certificate of attendance
    and more!
  • 2 days (09:00 – 15:00)
  • R2750

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Anschel Pieterson
Anschel PietersonSocial Worker in Private Practice Specializing in Play Therapy
BSW MSW (Play-based Intervention)
SACSSP Registered
Member of SAASWIPP

This was very meaningful. I am very glad that I enrolled for the training. Thank you Alicia and Anschel.

LiAnne Oberholzer

Thank you for a most informative and interesting two days. Really learnt a lot.

A De Beer

This has been so helpful, I just feel so much more equipped as a “first responder” – thank you.

Ghia Gortzen

These two days were really valuable, even better than the first teenage workshop.  Thank you for all the valuable information and the time and effort you put into this!


I enjoyed all the practical examples as well as worksheets which can be used in practice. It definitely makes me feel more equipped to handle self-harm and suicide cases. I also enjoyed the enthusiastic manner in which this course was presented. It is clear that you have a passion for what you do. The passion and hard work that you put into this course gave me even more passion for my work. I am excited to apply what I learned these two days.


Very thorough, helpful manual and handouts to use practically in session. Well presented!


Thank you so much, this was a great addition to the Working with Teens course.


Good course, it has contributed to my learning journey.


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
    • Confidentiality
    • 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!)