Date: Friday 17th November 2017 from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: Dalton Ellis, Manchester, M14 5RL

People who self-harm can present in many health settings from general practice to IAPT, specialist psychological therapy services, home treatment teams, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry settings, A&E and other physical health settings.

Self-harm and attempts to die by suicide can raise powerful, difficult and at times conflicting feelings, naturally in the person experiencing the distress and also within others who have contact with them, whether family, friends or services. Concern and anxiety are often experienced. Reactions and responses made in an attempt to manage risk can feel, or be, controlling and disallowing. Sometimes these may over rely on service risk procedures and protocols, and limit the time taken for exploration or understanding of what underlies the wish to self-harm. This can complicate the helping relationship and therapeutic alliance, potentially create re-enactments of unhelpful relational patterns, and contribute to things remaining stuck.

As helpers and therapists we can find ourselves in a dilemma between the client’s need to be heard, contained and understood, whilst also actively working with risk and risk management. Remaining open, compassionate and truly collaborative with clients can be challenging while managing personal and organisational concern and anxiety.

This workshop aims to provide a space to acknowledge these challenges and support you in your role. Cheryl Delisser and Clive Turpin will share their experience and skills in using a cognitive analytic therapy approach when working with people presenting with self-harm, with a view to helping you develop confidence and transferable skills to build into your practice.

Who is it for?

Qualified and trainee CAT therapists and other therapists with an understanding of CAT (particularly reciprocal roles and mapping).

For more information download flyer and visit the event page.