Self-Harm in Adolescents and Pre-Adolescents

R1,215.00 incl. Vat

NB: This workshop has been postponed until 2021, due to COVID-19.

Date: 05 June 2020

Time: 08:30 – 15:30

Venue: Vista Clinic

Presenter: Elsa Struwig

HPCSA: 6 general CEUs (educational, counselling and clinical psychologists; registered counsellors; and psychometrists)
SACSSP: 4 CPD points applied for

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Self-harm can be identified as deliberately hurting the body. It is mostly done by cutting, but can also entail burning, scratching, bruising, picking the skin, overdosing on drugs, or pulling out hair. Young people at risk are usually 14 years and older, but can also be younger. The purpose for self-harm varies: it may be to displace the emotional pain, to “punish” the self as result of internalised inner badness, or an attempt to regain control over life. It may even be a bid to communicate certain emotions to somebody. Early intervention and possible prevention methods are imperative.

The aim of this workshop is to enable the delegate to recognise self-harm and utilise effective intervention methods to help the child on his/her road to recovery. Attention will also be given to challenges in treatment, as well as ethical dilemmas faced when working with children. One of the many dilemmas is that frequently the child does not enter the therapeutic environment willingly, but is referred by their parents or other health care professionals.  The therapist is then confronted with issues of confidentiality and building therapeutic alliance. Different ethical pitfalls will therefore be discussed during the workshop and how to address them.

The workshop will be informed by presenting case studies throughout the presentation and attendees will also get the opportunity to practice some of the interventions during the workshop, to familiarise themselves with the techniques presented.