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Self-Harm: Understanding & Helping Young People Who Hurt Themselves

Format Seminar/Presentation
Presenters Angela Dixon (Childrens' Hospital Westmead).
Description Self-harming behaviours are a complex and challenging problem which typically begins in adolescence. Self-harm describes a wide range of behaviours in which young people deliberately inflict harm upon themselves. Professionals working with young people frequently feel unprepared to work with clients or students who engage in self-directed violence. This seminar will help participants to understand the experience and motivations of adolescents who intentionally injure themselves and will focus on practical strategies for working with youth struggling with this complex issue. Opportunity for questions and case discussion from participants will be provided and encouraged. Participants will leave this seminar with increased insight regarding self-harm behaviour in youth, and with skills, resources and confidence in responding in a helpful manner to young people who self-harm.

Defining and differentiating suicidal behaviour and deliberate self-harm
Understanding the meaning and purpose of self-harm
What are the risk factors and warning signs?
Identifying and managing personal attitudes and reactions to self-harm behaviour
How to assess presentations of self-harm, including risk assessment and management plans
Responding to self-harm
Strategies for working with young people who are self-harming
The issue of contagion
About the presenter(s) Dr. Angela Dixon is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience working with emotionally troubled young people across a broad range of clinical and community settings, both in Australia and overseas. Angela began her career working with street kids in inner-city Melbourne, and has since worked with a variety of at-risk populations including juvenile offenders, teen parents, and youth with complex mental health needs. She currently works in Psychological Medicine at the Children's Hospital at Westmead where she combines clinical, teaching, research and management roles. Her special interests are anxiety disorders, trauma and PTSD in adolescents.
Location NSW Metro, Australia
Venue The Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
17 Little Pier St, Darling Harbour

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 24 Oct 2012
Time 9:30am-1pm
Cost $95 for CEDP Members, $120 for non-members
Organiser College of Ed & Dev Psychologists (CEDP) (NSW)
Contact Name Lizette Campbell
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