ARC England - Self-harm and People with Learning Disabilities - Plymouth - 11 November 2016

People with learning disabilities are thought to self-harm at roughly double the rate of the general population. It is being reported to ARC as a growing concern with providers seeing rises in the number of people who self-harm, combined with staff lacking the confidence and skills to deal with the issue.

The workshop is aimed at all staff and managers working with people who do, or may, self-harm, (much self-harm is hidden), and covers:

  • What is self-harm?
  • Types of self-harm/self injury
  • Reasons for self-harm
  • Responses to self-harm
  • Communication with people who self-harm
  • Identification and prevention
  • Self-management
  • Top tips.

The workshop is highly interactive and asks that learners bring their own professional experiences to the day. Much of the day is spent in discussion groups prompted by the stories of people with learning disabilities who self-harm. There is also an opportunity for skills development with an emphasis on communication skills as the major tool for managing and preventing self-harm.

Learners are encouraged to prepare some work in advance of the workshop, conducting a short service audit and analysing how they currently communicate with service users who self-harm. This work should not take more than 2–3 hours.

Learners are also encouraged to complete a full service audit and make service recommendations following their attendance at the workshop.

We have scheduled the following dates for the coming year. Book early to avoid disappointment!

  • 11 November 2016 – Plymouth

Costs: (including a light buffet lunch)

  • £78 for ARC members
  • £89 for non-members

To book your place, please download this booking form and return it to us.

This workshop is also available on an in-house basis. Your organisation can hire our expert trainer to deliver bespoke training to up to fifteen members of your team, offering a cost-effective and flexible way to train your staff.

Costs: (plus trainer’s travel expenses)

  • £595 (ARC Members)
  • £625 (Non-members)

For more information, please contact us: