PRACTICAL ALTERNATIVES TO SELF-HARM 101 using the APEX© approach

Friday, 22 March 2024

Workshops run 9.30am - 4.00pm - via ZOOM

Practical Alternatives to Self-Harm uses the APEX© model - an evidence-based approach designed by Diane Clare 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, and for when the approach is offered in a group context, 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 Māori and Pacific Island cultures.

This workshop ASH 101 is an introduction to the APEX© model. Diane Clare also offers further training – an ASH 201 workshop that builds on the skills with more time for practice, and an additional ASH 301 which explores how to run this program in a group and includes a range of skills and tools including some art therapy ideas.

See below for details.

Who Should Attend

These workshops will 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.

In addition, frontline staff who regularly interact with these groups on a day-to-day basis and need to have some practical tools and insights to brief interventions that will allow them to support the person who is currently self-harming.

NOTE - This workshop has previously been offered as face-face training. If your organisation is interested in having Diane present face-face to between 15 - 40 members of your team, please contact Faye Johnson for more information.

If you do not have sufficient numbers within your team, you could open the training up either to other Branch’s of your organisation or other region-based community agencies you work with. We have worked with many organisations this has worked well for - contact us for further information.

Feedback from professionals who have attended this training

"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."

"Excellent presenter, clear, confident, passionate, knowledgeable. Good handouts and additional reading....always appreciate that, understanding the research behind something."

"The way Diane presented was open, honest and real. She delivered in a way that I was left looking at myself, and how I could change my attitude to best support those students who have been experiencing self harm, as well as giving me new skills to try and help." 

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes of Workshop ASH 101:

This workshop 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 and will explore how to be effectively responsive to these clients and provide some tools to get you there.

This day involves some interactive activity.

  • 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.

Recommended pre-workshop reading

To help you prepare for the workshop, we recommend you review the updated UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines on self-harm via the following link.

Self-harm: assessment, management and preventing recurrence NICE quality standard on self-harm

The following peak bodies and organisations recognise that the training we offer is of a high quality, evidence based and relevant for their members CPD.

Zoom Meeting Date & Time - ASH 101

Friday, 22 March 2024

Once you register you will be sent the Zoom Login details.

Participants will be doing exercises in separate (virtual) break out rooms and you will be emailed resources prior to the training. There will be group discussions and participants are encouraged to ask questions.

This is an interactive workshop with breakout room activities and we therefore ask all participants to have their own computer / laptop with a working camera and mic as this makes interaction with the breakout room activities and discussions easier and enhances the learning for all.

Please note: Diane will share her slides with attendees prior to the training.

Workshop starts 9.30am  - finishes 4.00pm.

This webinar will not be recorded.

Please see below for links to Diane's other online workshops.

Presenter

Diane Clare
BA, MA (Hons), Dip. Clin. Psych., AFBPS
Memberships:  NZCCP, MNZAP, ISSTD
Accredited Practitioner in EMDR and is a member of the EMDRNZ Board.
Fellow of ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation).

Diane Clare is a registered Consultant 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 Kapiti Coast in the Wellington Region, 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. In 2022 Diane was made a Fellow of ISSTD in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of trauma and dissociation.

Price & Registration Information

One Day ZOOM Workshop
$320.00 Inclusive of GST

The price stated is per person. If you are sending 5 or more delegates, email us for a discounted rate.

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process. Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent.

Upon hitting the blue "Complete Booking" button, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration and you will also be a sent in a separate email a Tax Invoice showing your booking as being paid in full by Credit Card.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson

Can't pay online and require an invoice?

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If your organisation is unable to use our automated booking system and pay by credit/debit card and therefore require an invoice instead to pay by direct bank credit, there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply the following please:

  1. The full organisation 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 this information to Brian - accounts@grow.co.nz and faye@grow.co.nz , and along with the Invoice we will also send you a special booking link which will come up as free of charge. Through this link you will need to complete your registration. 

Our workshops fill quickly so if you would like to reserve a place, please contact faye@grow.co.nz

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 $20.00 inc GST per attendee 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). 

Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the workshop – 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.

Other Workshops with Diane Clare

Want to keep up to date with relevant training?

Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter.
Upskill and access our FREE resources and workshops.
Be inspired by our subject matter experts!

CONTACT FAYE


For further details, please contact:
e: faye@grow.co.nz
p: 027 607 3000