Self-Harming Behaviours training

Self-harming behaviour is a way for some people to cope with difficult situations. Children and young people can exhibit self-harming behaviour for a number of reasons, including traumatic experiences in their past, a way of coping with abuse, or to help them deal with current pressures in their life. Self-harming behaviour can take a variety of forms, encompassing eating disorders, cutting, substance misuse and overdoses, and engaging in extreme behaviour such as excessive exercise.

Because self-harming behaviour is a coping mechanism, children and young people who self-harm will require sensitive support from professionals in order to overcome it.

Children and young people who display self-harming behaviour present a particular challenge to the children’s workforce. This course enables learners to understand why young people develop maladaptive behaviours and enables them to learn how they can work more safely and effectively with children and young people who harm themselves.

Access this course as part of the following online course package(s):

This course will cover:
  • Adaptive and maladaptive behaviours
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm
  • Substance misuse
  • Benefits of self-harm and adaptive behaviour
  • Working with children and young people to help them recover
This Self-harming Behaviours course has been designed specifically for people who want to know more about working with children who exhibit self-harming behaviour.Whilst it provides focus for people working in Children's Services, it will also be useful to a wider audience of people who would like to know more about how to effectively work with young people who self-harm.We can deliver this course either: online, as a webinar, or as a face-to-face programme. If you have your own LMS and would like this course as a SCORM file, please get in touch.
The online version of this course will take 3 hours to complete. The webinar versions are usually 2-3 hours long and face to face delivery will usually be around 4-5 hours.

You can access this course in three ways, as an online course, as a webinar, or with face-to-face delivery.

Online courses come as part of a course bundle with unlimited access for one simple subscription.

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Self-Harming Behaviours eLearning course - Grey Matter Learning

Aims of the Self-Harming Behaviours course

By the end of the training, you will:

  • Understand adaptive and maladaptive behaviours
  • Know how to work effectively and safely with children and young people with eating disorders
  • Know how to work effectively and safely with children and young people who self-harm
  • Know how to work effectively and safely with children and young people who misuse substances

Already have an LMS? Add this course to your platform as a SCORM file.

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Additional course information

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