Understanding Self Injurious Behaviour

This half day course is often delivered as part of a wider suite of programmes for staff working in mental health support services.




Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. A person may use physical pain as a way of distracting themselves from emotional pain, giving them temporary relief. Written in partnership with the School and Public Health Nurses Association, the purpose of this course is to help you understand why someone self-harms and know how to support the individual.

Course Contents

  • What is self injurious behaviour?
  • Prevalence
  • Types of self injurious behaviour
  • How do people self harm?
  • Physical and psychological risks
  • Reasons for self harming
  • Self harm myths
  • Recognising signs and symptoms
  • Self help (including understanding patterns, distraction and delay)
  • Moving forward with self help
  • Treatment and support (including NICE guidelines, CBT/DBT/PDT, support groups)
  • Sources of further information and advice

Course Outcomes

Successful completion of this training course will result in the award of a CPD accredited certificate covering all aspects of the above course contents.

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