Introduction to working with people who self-harm

Introduction to working with people who self-harm

This one-day course will help you gain confidence to be able to work with people who self-harm. We will look at the functions of self-harm, staff reactions and how we can help.

Entry and Admissions


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

One day

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

18/10/18 10-4pm

Entry Requirements:

You should attend if you are:

  • Anyone from any setting who comes across people who self-harm.

Maximum number of participants: 25

Course Content

Course Outline:
This one-day course will help you gain confidence to be able to work with people who self-harm. We will look at the functions of self-harm, staff reactions and how we can help.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Academic Expertise


Dr Gillian Rayner

Dr Gillian Rayner is a senior academic, researcher, Nurse and Psychotherapist (BABCP accredited) she has worked with people who self-harm for the last 30 years in a wide variety of health settings from community to Forensic. She has provided consultation and supervision for many staff and businesses’. She has provided much in depth training for staff in this area and has published and completed research about this. Gill is passionate about improving reactions and services for people who self-harm and has recently created and piloted a new Psychotherapy group (An integration of Compassion Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) at the University of Salford for people who self-harm (funded by Salford Clinical Commissioning Group). She is also working with the University of Huddersfield to develop a physical and mental health training strategy and tool for wound care for people who self-harm.

Learning outcome & aims

By the end of the workshops participants will:

- Identify some of the functions of self-harm
- Understand why people do this
- Recognise how our own reactions effect this
- Understand how to help

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Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

£90 for full day

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Please book your place via our Online Booking System

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University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400