One goal of the Residential Child Care Project is to disseminate model techniques in the prevention of institutional child abuse and neglect by preventing and de-escalating high risk behavior in residential care facilities. Although non-suicidal self-injury has always been reported in connection with individuals who struggle with serious mental health challenges, its increasing prevalence among youth with fewer or no significant psychiatric challenges is new. As a result, incidents of non-suicidal self-injury have increased in all settings where youth live or are served, including but not limited to residential care centers. As a result, effectively addressing the behavior in ways that do not inadvertently worsen it is imperative. To do this, staff need to understand the function of the behavior, the ways in which it differs from suicide, and to develop institutional protocols for responding in a compassionate but effective way.
Participants will be able to:
- Provide direct care workers with a positive, practical, and evidence-based understanding of non-suicidal self-injury.
- Assist staff in achieving greater understanding of the numerous functions at work when someone self-injures
- Enhance skills for assessing risk of serious damage
- Develop plans for reducing and managing self-injurious behavior among its residents
This one-day program will focus on assisting TCI trainers in training their staff in supporting non-suicidal self-injury and using appropriate interventions in residential settings.Techniques used include discussion, small group activities, and case studies. All participants are tested with written and competency based tests in order to apply for re-certification.
Participants who successfully complete the update receive a Non-Suicidal Self Injury: Understanding and Effectively Responding reference guide, an activity guide, a corresponding student workbook and the PowerPoint™ presentation to use in their direct training.
Cost is inclusive of lunch/refreshments each day, Reference Guide, Student Workbook and other course materials.