Working with Young People who Self Harm

Date:  to
Event type:  Workshop
Region:  Brisbane
Organiser:  Garry King - AGENDA 2001
Pricing:  $220- Student discount available - $180-


Address:  West End Uniting Church Hall, 11 Sussex St
Suburb:  West End
State:  Queensland
Postcode:  4101


Name:  Garry King
Phone Number:  0412 145 934
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This workshop will give very practical strategies for working with young people who self harm. It addresses both prevention and intervention. It is suited to shelter staff, youth workers, teachers, chaplins, psychologists, etc.

Workshop Content – Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI)

  • Defining NSSI
  • Differences and links with suicide
  • Typical pattern of NSSI
  • Common reasons why young people self injure
  • Risk factors
  • Protective factors
  • Why it happens
  • Those most at risk
  • Process for assessing NSSI
  • Strategies and techniques for assisting the young person
  • Utilising modern technology to assist the young person
  • Resilience building

What participants will gain from this workshop?

  • Understand differences and links between self harm / injury and suicidal behaviour.
  • Identifying those most at risk of self harm / injury.
  • Risk factors for self harm / injury behaviour.
  • Protective factors for self harm / injury behaviour.
  • Strategies to address self harm / self injury – short / long term.
  • How to build resilience in young people

Garry King has extensive experience with working with young people encountering the issues of self harm and suicidal behaviour. This experience is the result of having worked as a teacher, youth worker and counsellor and complimented by degrees in welfare and education as well as masters degrees in counselling and suicidology. He has previously worked as the youth welfare consultant for the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention. He was appointed an adjunct lecturer, youth welfare at the Central Qld University and is the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship to the USA. Garry has written a number of journal articles and books on youth welfare as well as being a speaker at national conferences. He is a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. Garry is an invited author for the 2015 School Social Work USA. Garry presented at the 2016 International Society for the Study of Self Injury Conference in the USA. Garry is an invited presenter at the 2018 World Summit on Positive Psychology, mindfulness & Psychotherapy. His latest book (with Mary Margaret Kerr) is “School Crisis Prevention & Intervention”.