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This course will explore how trauma can create self-harming behaviour in a person as a way of managing emotional distress, and look at how to support people away from self-harming to alternative ways of managing their emotions.

As well as defining self-harm and the reasons why someone may self-harm, we will look at managing risk in a person-centred way, and the biases we may hold that can hinder our interventions with clients who self-harm.  

We will explore strategies to help a person find alternative ways to manage their distress, whilst being mindful of our role remit. We will also discuss how staff can take care of themselves and manage their wellbeing. 

Who is the course for? 

  • Frontline staff looking to build their knowledge in this area of complex needs 
  • Staff who work with clients who self-harm 

What will you learn? 

  • What is self-injury/harm? Separating fact from myths and prejudices  
  • Why do people self-harm?  
  • The impact of trauma and how it manifests as self-harm
  • Barriers that may be faced by a person who self-harms in accessing accommodation, support and homelessness services
  • How do we meet the needs of people who self-harm? Which interventions work and which make things worse  
  • Exploring alternatives to self-harm with clients  
  • The stigma of self-harm and how it affects client and workers  
  • Resources and specialist help.

Please note that, due to the sensitive nature of this training course, delegates might feel anxious or upset by some of the course content if it relates to their own experiences. It is essential that they are aware of the course content beforehand, to be emotionally prepared for the day. Please ensure that all delegates read this course outline ahead of the training. They will be able to step out during the session if needed. There is no requirement for delegates to share personal experiences on this course.



Sessions are not recorded. Slides will be sent electronically.

Cost and bookings

Member rate: £125 per person

Non-Member rate: £165 per person


Bookings can be made via Eventbrite.

If you are booking training places for 3 or more people an invoice can be raised, please email Lana.Newby@homelesslink.org.uk with the names and email addresses of the delegates you wish to book.

Cancellation policy

Please find our cancellation policy for public online delivered training here

Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion

Homeless Link is committed to Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion. We agree that we must recognise and value difference and recognise and redress inequality and disadvantage. Please click here to read our EDI statement in full.

Bookings for larger groups

This course is also available to be booked for staff teams of up to 20 people, to be delivered online "in-house" in live interactive sessions on dates to suit your organisation. This course can booked to be delivered in-person (subject to government advice).

Please contact James.Cuming@homelesslink.org.uk or telephone James on 07375 042 815 for more information. Prices are from £990 for up to 20 staff members.

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