Evidence based approach on how to respond effectively to those who are engaging in non-suicidal self-harm.
Alternatives to Self-Harm (ASH) is an approach that that has been demonstrated to lead to a reduction of self-harm risk for people with emotional dysregulation. It can increase confidence in clients to maintain more effective coping strategies, as well as progressing to other therapies as needed.
It is strongly influenced by Narrative Therapy, in that it takes a position of curious and respectful enquiry to the stories of those who consult with us (the mental health professional), developing a re-authoring approach to stories about their lives and the role self-harm has played.
The program also includes some cognitive behavioural coping strategies, as well as some art therapy ideas where a less verbal approach has proved invaluable in being able to express feelings and tell stories in meaningful ways.
The ASH program also offers a collective approach, whereby support people and whanau (family) can be included, which is of particular importance within Maori and Pacific Island cultures.
Workshop 1 will:
Provide a brief overview of a model that you can apply to your work with those who self-harm without suicidal intent. The workshop is for all front line staff wanting a better understanding and to gain more confidence. It will explore how to be effectively responsive to these clients, and provide some tools to get you there. This day involves some group work.
Workshop 2 will:
This workshop builds on the introductory workshop.
Workshop 2 will be targeted specifically for those who offer individual treatment or therapy. The underlying evidence-based principles of the Alternatives Self Harm approach learned in Workshop 1 will be further explored with experiential tasks including role play to enhance your learning.