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.
Feedback from professionals attending the Alternatives to Self-Harm Workshop 1:
'Thank you Diane, you bring a wealth of knowledge and the human touch to what you do - I want more!'
'I cannot thank you enough for this inspirational and oh so practical training.'
Workshop 2 will:
This workshop builds on the introductory workshop, so those attending workshop 2 must also attend workshop the day prior (Introduction to Alternatives to Self-Harm).
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.
Feedback from professionals attending the Alternatives to Self-Harm Workshop 2:
'Your approach to teaching about the ASH Group was practical and effective'.
'I got so many ideas for my practice and not just about working with self-harm, although that is what I came for, I got heaps out of the 2 days!'