Understanding and Treating Self-Injurious Behaviours (Self-harming)

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With International Practitioner Dr Wendy Lader

In the past decade, self-injury (also known as self-harm) has grown from an obscure psychiatric symptom to a mainstream problem. Clinicians, educators, medical and criminal justice professionals frequently feel unprepared to work with teens and adults who engage in self-directed violence. 

These workshops are being delivered in New Zealand in response to requests from school counsellors, educators, clinicians, social and youth workers and concerned communities who are working with young people who are self-harming on a regular basis.

It is important for these providers to better understand the etiology, treatment protocols, and the management and utilisation of one’s own emotional reaction, to the behaviour.

The Program

This practical workshop will challenge some of the participants’ concepts about self-injurers, and examine traditional treatment methods and counter-transference reactions. It will present new, easy to use therapeutic strategies, and treatment models, including the Impulse Control Log. 

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be better able to:

  • Explain three meanings and the functions of the self-injurious act
  • Clarify the differences between self-harming and suicidal behaviours
  • Describe possible cultural, familial, and biological underpinnings of self-injury
  • Describe four Goals of Treatment
  • Utilise the impulse control and other logs to help self-injurers differentiate thoughts, feelings, and behaviours
  • Be more confident in working with self-injurers

Who Should Attend:

These workshops are designed for a wider audience and will appeal to anyone working with young people on a regular basis including clinicians, educators, medical and criminal justice professionals, school counsellors, social and youth workers, and concerned individuals.

About the Presenter

Dr Wendy Lader, Ph.D., M.S., M.Ed

Dr. Lader is co-founder of the S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives® Program. An internationally recognized expert on the treatment of self-injury, she lectures extensively on the subject and is co-author of the book, Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers as well as Self Injury: A Manual for School Professionals.

She also served as the expert for a training video on Self-Injury for the American Psychological Association. Dr. Lader is co- founder of the Self-Injury Foundation and a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury.

With more than 30 years practical experience working with self-injurers, Dr Lader brings a unique mix of practical experience and theoretical knowledge to this subject area.

In affiliation with the S.A.F.E. Alternatives® Program, Dr Lader has been featured on a variety of TV programs such as Dateline NBC, 20/20, ABC World News Tonight, CNN , Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dr. Drew and CAPA TV (Paris). In addition, she is cited frequently as an expert by the media, including The New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Counseling Today, Teen People, Newsweek, Time, U.S. News and World Report and Marie Claire (Paris).

Dates & Locations

Auckland – Wednesday, 20 June 2018 - Potters Park Events Centre, Balmoral, Auckland
Hamilton – Thursday, 21 June 2018 - Western Community Centre, Hamilton
Hawke’s Bay – Friday, 22 June 2018 - Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga, Hastings
Palmerston North – Monday, 25 June 2018 - Massey University, Palmerston North
Wellington – Tuesday, 26 June 2018 - The Wellington Club, Wellington CBD
Christchurch – Thursday, 28 June 2018 - Papa Hou, YMCA Central, Christchurch
Dunedin – Friday, 29 June 2018 - Kavanagh College Auditorium, Dunedin

Workshops run 9.00am - 3.30pm

Price & Registration

All Workshops – $165.00pp + GST

Payment methods
Credit card or request an invoice.

Registration process
There are three easy steps in the online booking process. You will receive an automated
confirmation email upon successful completion of registration. If you have any issues or
questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 06 878 3456 or email: 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 $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). You will be sent the workshop materials upon request.

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.

Further Details

Resources will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.


Tea and instant coffee will be available at the breaks.
Morning tea – muffins and fresh fruit.
Lunch – light finger food lunch and fresh fruit.

Important – Please Note:
Vegetarian 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.

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For further details, please contact:
Faye Johnson at faye@grow.co.nz or
Phone: 06 878 3456