Working with Young People who Self Injure

Darling Downs
AGENDA 2001 - Garry King
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
$99- (inc gst)
East Creek Community Centre ,43 Kitchener Street, East Toowoomba
East Toowoomba
4 350
Garry King
Phone No.: 
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.

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


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. He was a keynote speaker the the 2018 Mental Health in Schools Australia Conference.