Auckland - Two Day Workshop - Wednesday, 26 & Thursday, 27 August 2020

Please contact us today to register your interest in this professional development training in another location.

Alternatives to Self-Harm (ASH©) using the A.P.E.X© model 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.

This Two-Day Workshop will Provide an overview of a model that you can apply to your work with those who self-harm without suicidal intent and examine the underlying evidence-based principles of the Alternatives Self Harm approach with experiential tasks including role play to enhance your learning. It is for therapists and all front line staff wanting a better understanding and to gain more confidence. 

Feedback from professionals who have attended past Practical Alternatives to Self-Harm Workshops:

'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.'

'Your approach to teaching about the ASH Group was practical and effective'.

'Excellent training'.

'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!'

Additional 3rd Day of Training

With enough interest, Diane will also present a 3rd day of training on this topic on Friday, 28 August in Auckland at the same venue (ASH 3 workshop). Please contact Faye Johnson today to register your interest in this more extensive training and for more information. We are offering a discount for those who attend all 3 days.  

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes:

  • 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.
  • How to apply the APEX model to a case example & create a first aid kit matched to that case example.
  • Practice and gain confidence in using the Stop & Think strategy.
  • Understand how to use the Emotional Intensity Continuum.
  • Create an XYZ contract with a case example where the purposes are matched to 3 alternative strategies.

    Dates & Locations

    Please contact us today to register your interest in this professional development training in other locations.


    Two Day Workshop - Wednesday, 26 & Thursday, 27 August 2020

    The Parnell
    10-20 Gladstone Road
    Parnell, Auckland

    Free onsite parking

    Please contact The Parnell directly for accommodation bookings.

    Workshops run 9.00am - 3.45pm, with Registration and Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am.

    Who Should Attend

    In addition to therapists who are focused providing therapeutic interventions as the main component of their role, this workshop will also appeal to anyone working with young people or adults on a regular basis including youth workers, case workers, community mental health nurses, teachers, school counsellors, school leaders, corrections & youth justice counsellors, social workers and counsellors.

    The Practical Alternatives to Self-Harm two-day workshop is worth 30 points / 13 hours CPD

    The Practical Alternatives to Self-Harm two-day workshop is also part of the Grow Skills Toolbox professional development events.


    Diane Clare
    BA, MA (Hons), Dip. Clin. Psych., AFBPS
    Memberships:  NZCCP, MNZAP, EMDR-NZ, ISSTD

    Diane Clare is a registered clinical psychologist who trained at the University of Canterbury.  Diane has worked in mental health and counselling services since 1981, first as a grief counsellor then as a psychotherapist, before becoming registered as a psychologist in 1993.  She has worked in leadership and Director level roles across a range of services in both NZ and the UK including primary care, adult mental health, forensic, intellectual disability and tertiary student services. 

    While in the UK in 2005 she developed the Alternatives to Self-Harm programme and has presented her work internationally since 2012.  Now based in Nelson New Zealand, Diane is a seasoned presenter and provides a range of workshop options with an emphasis on practical solutions for clinical staff.  She has a specialist interest in working with people recovering from the effects of complex trauma.

    Price & Registration

    Two Day Workshop

    Earlybird Special - $350.00 + GST
    Standard Price - $395.00 + GST

    Earlybird Special Finishes 3 weeks prior to the workshop date.

    *Please contact Faye Johnson for a discounted price to attend 3 days of training.

    Registration process

    Payment is by credit card only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.
    Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 06 878 3456 or email:

    We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $20.00 + GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

    1. The full name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.
    2. The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.
    3. Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

    Please email  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

    What happens if you have to cancel?

    We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

    Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $50.00 plus GST service charge

    If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

    All cancellations must be received in writing (email). 

    Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

    Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

    For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

    Further Details

    Resources will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

    Arrival Tea & Coffee, Morning tea and lunch are included.

    Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. In an effort to keep the price as low as possible, other special dietary requirements are unable to be catered for. You are however welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch.


    For further details, please contact:
    Faye Johnson at or
    Phone: 06 878 3456