Practical Alternatives to Self-Harm One and Two Day Workshops with Diane Clare – Christchurch

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Date(s) - 02/05/2019 - 03/05/2019
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Evidence based approach on how to respond effectively to those who are engaging in non-suicidal self-harm.

This workshop provides delegates with either 1 or 2 day options

Alternatives to Self-Harm (ASH) is an approach that that has been demonstrated to lead to a reduction of self-harm risk for people with emotional dysregulation. It can increase confidence in clients to maintain more effective coping strategies, as well as progressing to other therapies as needed.

It is strongly influenced by Narrative Therapy, in that it takes a position of curious and respectful enquiry to the stories of those who consult with us (the mental health professional), developing a re-authoring approach to stories about their lives and the role self-harm has played. The program also includes some cognitive behavioural coping strategies, as well as some art therapy ideas where a less verbal approach has proved invaluable in being able to express feelings and tell stories in meaningful ways.

The ASH program also offers a collective approach, whereby support people and whanau (family) can be included, which is of particular importance within Maori and Pacific Island cultures.

Workshop 1 will:
Provide a brief overview of a model that you can apply to your work with those who self-harm without suicidal intent. The workshop is for all front line staff wanting a better understanding and to gain more confidence. It will explore how to be effectively responsive to these clients, and provide some tools to get you there. This day involves some group work.

Workshop 2 will:
This workshop builds on the introductory workshop, so those attending workshop 2 must also attend workshop the day prior (Introduction to Alternatives to Self-Harm).

Workshop 2 will be targeted specifically for those who offer individual treatment or therapy. The underlying evidence-based principles of the Alternatives Self Harm approach learned in Workshop 1 will be further explored with experiential tasks including role play to enhance your learning.

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes of Workshop 1:

  • Find out what helps and what hinders in the attitude of staff when supporting a client to change self-harming behaviour.
  • Understand how self-harming ‘helps’ the client and is best understood before offering alternative (and safer) coping strategies.
  • Discover how building an Emotional First Aid Kit with your clients must be matched to their needs, and not be a random Pick-N-Mix approach.
  • Grasp the X Factor: Know why a self-contract, not a contract with you/your service, is more likely to succeed and know how to do this.

Learning Outcomes of Workshop 2:

  • How to apply the APEX model to a case example & create a first aid kit matched to that case example.
  • Practice and gain confidence in using the Stop & Think strategy.
  • Understand how to use the Emotional Intensity Continuum.
  • Create an XYZ contract with a case example where the purposes are matched to 3 alternative strategies.

Who Should Attend:

These workshops will appeal to anyone working with young people or adults on a regular basis including youth workers, case workers, community mental health nurses, teachers, school counsellors, school leaders, corrections & youth justice counsellors, social workers and counsellors.

Workshop 1:
Frontline staff who regularly interact with these groups on a day-to-day basis and need to have some practical tools and insights to brief interventions that will allow them to support the person who is currently self-harming.

Workshop 2:
Typically therapists who are focused providing therapeutic interventions as the main component of their role.


Diane Clare
BA, MA (Hons), Dip. Clin. Psych., AFBPS

Diane Clare is a registered clinical psychologist who trained at the University of Canterbury.  Diane has worked in mental health and counselling services since 1981, first as a grief counsellor then as a psychotherapist, before becoming registered as a psychologist in 1993.  She has worked in leadership and Director level roles across a range of services in both NZ and the UK including primary care, adult mental health, forensic, intellectual disability and tertiary student services.

While in the UK in 2005 she developed the Alternatives to Self Harm programme and has presented her work internationally since 2012.  Now based in Nelson New Zealand, Diane is a seasoned presenter and provides a range of workshop options with an emphasis on practical solutions for clinical staff.  She has a specialist interest in working with people recovering from the effects of complex trauma.



Price & Registration:

One Day Workshop

Earlybird Special – $220.00 + GST

Standard Price – $250.00 + GST

Two Day Workshop

Earlybird Special – $325.00 + GST

Standard Price – $375.00 + GST

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