Self-harm and People with Learning Disabilities Awareness Workshops

Self-harm and People with Learning Disabilities Awareness Workshop

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.

To support our members, and others, ARC has designed a one-day workshop on self-harm, drawing on the research project ‘Hidden Pain – Self-Harm and People with Learning Disabilities’ which was jointly conducted by Self injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women) and the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol, and from interviews with people with learning disabilities who self-harm.

Our Self-harm and People with Learning Disabilities 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 we ask 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 people they support 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.

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We can deliver one day workshop to your staff in your organisation.
Price dependent on numbers – please email contact.us@arcuk.org.uk
or call 01246 555 043 for details.

Check the events page for details of any events we are currently holding.