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Non-Suicidal Self Injury

Event number: 18968
7.5 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Lee-Ellen Bresland

Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is an inexplicable, disturbing and hard to treat phenomenon in which people

deliberately hurt themselves, by cutting, scratching, hitting, or burning their skin, without suicidal intent.

Historically self-injury was associated with serious clinical disorders and studied among clinical populations.

Now, researchers are reporting high prevalence rates of NSSI amongst young people from community

samples. Many clinicians feel unprepared to address NSSI and perceive a lack of training and supervision to

enable them to respond effectively to individuals who may be engaging in NSSI.

The primary aims of this presentation is to help participants develop knowledge and understanding about the

motivations for NSSI and the context in which it occurs, and to utilise therapeutic approaches and strategies

to respond to individuals who self-injure. This workshop is appropriate for psychologists, school counsellors

and mental health professionals working with individuals who may self-injure. At the end of the presentation

participants will be able to:

1. Be informed about definitions, etiology and common myths about NSSI

2. Be familiar with functions, motivations and meanings underlying NSSI

3. Understand NSSI characteristics that may increase risk for suicide

4. Be able to identify personal issues to NSSI

5. Better understand therapeutic approaches and strategies to respond to individuals who self-injure


About the Presenter

Lee Bresland is a Clinical Psychologist currently working in private practice in North Sydney. She has experience working as an individual and group therapist in a range of settings including inpatient public and private hospitals, adolescent and community clinics, school settings and private practice. Lee has had extensive experience working with adolescents and their families and is passionate about early intervention with young people, with the aim of building self-esteem and resilience and preventing ongoing mental illness.

Lee’s Clinical Masters research focused on the assessment and treatment on non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) an inexplicable, disturbing and hard to treat phenomenon. The research involved developing, delivering and evaluating a training workshop specifically designed for secondary school education professionals in Sydney. The aim of the study was to ascertain if the training would result in improvements in school professionals’ knowledge of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and their attitudes about NSSI. Study results demonstrated that training participants reported feeling more knowledgeable and better equipped to respond to and support students engaging in NSSI. The study also showed that training participants developed more accepting attitudes towards students who may be engaging in NSSI.

Lee regularly conducts professional development training for mental health professionals. She is a member of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS) and has presented her work internationally at ISSS conferences. Lee also regularly participates in media events discussing non-suicidal self-injury including SBS’s Insight program

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Northern Integrated Care Service, NICS Building, Level 2, Room 203
41 Frankland Street
Launceston, TAS 7250
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 5/10/2017
End date: 5/10/2017
Time: 9.00am to 4.30pm


APS member: $150
APS student member: $75
Non APS member: $200


APS - Northern Tasmania Branch
Contact Olivia Boer
0474 507 353