The APEX model is an evidence-based approach on how to respond effectively to those who are engaging in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).
This workshop provides delegates with an introductory 1-day to ASH 101
Alternatives to Self-Harm (ASH) is based on the APEX model, which is an approach that has been demonstrated to lead to a reduction in 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 inquiry 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.
We are also offering a follow-up ASH 201, online workshop to practice more in-depth the learning from the ASH 101. See below for details.
Learning Outcomes of Workshop ASH 101:
Find out what helps and what hinders in the attitude of staff when supporting a client to change self-harming behaviour.
Understand how self-harming ‘helps’ the client and is best understood before offering alternative (and safer) coping strategies.
Discover how building an Emotional First Aid Kit with your clients must be matched to their needs, and not be a random Pick-N-Mix approach.
Grasp the X Factor: Know why a self-contract, not a contract with you/your service, is more likely to succeed and know how to do this.