Many individuals describe self-harm as a coping mechanism, and report that this activity actually helps them to feel alive. Self-harm also often refers to a deliberate and potentially harmful non-fatal act: physical, poisoning or drug overdose. Through our work with children and youth in care, the CAC Learning Centre has developed research informed strategies and applications to support individuals and agencies working with vulnerable individuals. With a strong focus on patient centered care and person served outcomes, this ½ day course offers an introduction to self-harm awareness and covers such topics as: the difference between self-harm and suicide attempts (frequency, methods, severity, and purpose); self-harming statistics and facts; warning signs of self-harm and what to say/what to do if someone you know is self-harming; available treatment options and resources. This course is also designed to increase one’s understanding and empathy towards this topic while providing theory based strategies to support those who advocate and care for individuals who would benefit from learning new coping techniques.
LEARNING OBJECTIVE / GOALS:
• Improve your awareness and understanding of self-harm, learn how to assess risk, and recognize behaviours and behavioural patterns of self-harm
• Learn effective and positive approaches to engaging with and caring for an individual who self-harms
• Learn follow-up protocols (e.g., documentation, reporting timeline, etc.)
• Understand socio-economic and social determinants of self-harm implications
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