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Sat, 13 Jul


St Mary Magdalene, London

An Introduction to Youth Self-Harm

This introductory day offers attendees the opportunity to explore their thoughts and feelings about self-harm & suicide, talk through strategies & therapeutic models for working with the issues & discuss ways of supporting our own self-care as practitioners whilst working with self harm & suicide

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An Introduction to Youth Self-Harm
An Introduction to Youth Self-Harm

Time & Location

13 Jul 2019, 09:30 – 16:30

St Mary Magdalene, London, 10 Wiseton Rd, London SW17 7EE, UK


About The Event

A CPD Event from The Sunflower Network a creative-arts based organisation dedicated to promoting positive child mental health and emotional well-being.

This one day workshop is an opportunity for attendees to explore their thoughts and feelings about self-harm. It is an introductory day that will seek to both raise awareness and ask questions to deepen our knowledge of self-harm’s increasing role and function in children and young people’s worlds.

The focus of the day will be on self-injury, with some attention also being given to suicidal ideation and suicide attempts by children and young people. Whether you are a professional, a friend or a parent/carer of someone who self-harms, such presentations evoke understandable strong emotional responses within us all.

Jude Sellen-Cole has been using Transactional Analysis psychotherapy models and being mindful of bringing sensation work into awareness in her working relationships with both adults and youths who self-harm, as well as in supervision of staff in Children’s homes, Foster Carers, youth and probation service settings, social workers etc. for many years.

The day will look at how the use of these models can support both our relationship with someone who self-harms as well as with ourselves and can provide a valuable framework to support the person who self-harms journey towards self-nurturing. We will also consider the ways we make sense of and talk about suicide and the use of safety plans within the context of the therapeutic relationship.

Who should attend?

Anybody likely to encounter self-harm in children & young people. The workshop will be particularly relevant to those who seek to support children and young people who self-harm in their capacity as therapists, school pastoral staff, and those who work in youth, youth offending, social and health carer settings. The learning from the day will be equally relevant to those working with adults.

Tutor: Jude Sellen-Cole works as a therapist, supervisor and independent consultant in the area of youth mental health. She is regarded as a national expert in youth self- harm and is the author of ‘Youth Self-Harm and Suicide Awareness (A reflective practice guide for staff working with children and young people)’ 2015; and has contributed to numerous other publications. Her professional knowledge and expertise has been gained over 35 years working in Children's, CAMHS and Adult services in operational, strategic and commissioning posts. She enjoys abstract painting, photography and walking her dog.

Tickets: £75 per ticket.

Venue: Elm House – a room at Battersea Arts Centre, close to Clapham Junction overground station or a short bus ride away from Clapham Common tube.

Please forward any questions please email Lou or Christina via the website

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