Working with Trauma-Related Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation

18th October 2019 – 19th October 2019 all-day
Friends Meeting House
6 Mount Street Manchester M2 5NS
£95 – £140
Greater Manchester Rape Crisis

Trauma-related physical and emotional self-injury / self harm and suicidal ideation are functional. Self harm and suicidal ideation are ways of communicating what can not be verbalised because there are no words for it. It is a creative response to unbearable thoughts and feelings. They are a means to cope with intolerable levels of anxiety and depression, a way of self-soothing, a way of trying to stay alive, an expression of self-loathing, a distraction from other kinds of pain, and or to recover from periods of dissociation or absence from the self.

This two day interactive professional development training was developed to further your understanding and knowledge about working therapeutically with your client’s experiences of self harm and suicidal ideation. The training offers insight and support for how you might feel impacted, attending to your own anxieties, fears and dysregulation while working with this client group.

In this training we will explore the contributing factors which lead to self harm and suicidal ideation. We will explore the protective, submissive, self loathing, and perpetrator introject elements. An introduction to psycho education, relevant to this client groups, will support you when you take your new learning back to your clients.

The training will support you in helping clients to develop a language of words, rather than ‘blood tears’, to speak of their experiences. We will explore how compassion and empathy can change the domino effect of thoughts and feelings becoming too overwhelming. We will explore the cycle of guilt and shame and how to link this to neglect and hurt in a client’s primary attachment.

We will learn to differentiate between self harm and a clear wish to die of suicide. The training will make space to discuss advanced directives for people who are regularly accessing A&E due to their self harm and suicidal ideation.

By participating in this professional development training, attendees will:

1. Understand emotional and physical self harm and suicidal ideation as coping strategies to help manage unmanageable feelings and thoughts.

2. Get to know different ways of fostering curiosity and compassion, and how to help clients find words for their experiences.

3. Develop supportive ways of working with these extreme forms of self regulation.

4. Have an opportunity to explore your own personal responses to self harm and suicidal ideation.

5. Learn how to regulate your own levels of anxiety and how to increase your own self care when working with this client group.

Live observation and practice Live observation and practice makes this different from other training.

The workshop is highly practical. There will be a maximum of 30 participants. Delegates will get the chance to observe and practice skills (with a professional actor playing our very credible client attending therapy). We discuss moment–to–moment decisions about the direction therapy should take – unpacking the therapeutic process with real-time demonstration and practice of skills. Plus, other diverse clinical material will be used to illustrate different presentations, real-world challenges & therapy pitfalls.

This workshop is led by Theres Fickl Trainer, Counsellor MBACP (Accred) and Supervisor

Theres specialises in helping people make sense of their experiences and she teaches different ways of coping with life’s changes and challenges. Theres has 15 years of experience as a qualified counsellor and professional trainer in private practice. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since 2005, and holds a Certificate in Training Practice with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) since 2006.

Issues Theres can confidently deliver training in, include:

Psycho-education which can be shared with clients i.e. how the brain works when there is fear and overwhelm; how to bring the brain online again; how memory behaves after trauma; regulating different emotional states; perpetrator imprints; anxiety; depression; hurt in the attachment; perpetrator introjects; cycles of overwhelm leading to self harm and suicidal ideation; moving from emotional self harm to compassion; why compassion works; etc; Theres can tailor training workshops for your needs on topics like working with sexual abuse disclosures; post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); dissociative processes including structural dissociation in form of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID); working with self loathing, physical self harm and suicidal feelings; working with perpetrator introjects, obsessions and obsessive compulsive behaviours (OCD); phobias, difficulties with sexual intimacy after abuse;