Supporting Children and Adolescents Who Present With Suicide Ideation & Engaging in Self-Harm

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The workshop will help the therapist identify how to implement policies and procedures related to best practice working with young people in crisis. 


Suicide Ideation & Engaging in Self-Harm

This one day workshop will be experiential in nature addressing the needs of young people who struggle with suicide ideation, have made attempts or engaging in self harm. It will build confidence and assurance for those responding to these issues in their line of work. This workshop will also incorporate child protection and issues that can arise when working with high risk children and adolescents.


Who is this course for?   

This workshop is designed for professionals who provide support to children and adolescents in crisis. These professionals include Accredited Psychotherapists, Counselling Students, Psychologists, Social Care Workers, Residential Care Workers, Schools counsellors and aligned professionals.


What are the benefits of doing this course?  

The key benefits would be to increase confidence, provide skills to respond to young people who disclose suicide ideation or engaging in self harm as a coping strategy. The workshop would address the fears students may feel working with young people in crisis and how to self care. Very often there is a fear about losing a client through suicide and my experience will address and support students in this.
I also feel one of the key benefits is to focus also on the many positive outcomes and fun experiences of working with children and adolescents. This is an important topic and can be heavy so the workshop would also focus on having a healthy balance and the students feel enlightened.


What will you learn?

This course will provide insight into the work with children and adolescents whose only survival mechanism is self harm or who sadly have made suicide attempts. Students will be introduced to how the consistent relationship with a therapist can move the young person out of crisis very quickly. Skills to respond to the young person’s emotional needs and support parents who often feel disempowered in their role when faced with the fear of self harm and suicide ideation will also be introduced. Insight in relation to child protection concerns will be gleaned and a focus on the many positive outcomes that emerge when young people engage in early intervention. Attending this workshop will provide confidence for students if a client presents in crisis.

Course Details


DURATION: 1 Day    START DATE: 20th July 2024


TIMETABLE: Saturday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm 


AWARD: PCI College Certificate of Attendance


VENUE: Live Online


LECTURER: Sinead Raftery




  • Suicide and self harm amongst young people in Ireland today.
  • Possible reasons why young people make attempts.
  • Warning signs increased risk factors and how initial risk assessment is conducted.
  • Correct Language to use and how to respond and not react. Where does confidentiality Start and end.
  • Myths and facts of suicide and selfharm.
  • key goals of therapy and therapeutic strategies. Moving client from self harm to self care..
  • How to support parents and their fears and anxieties.
  • Managing self care in the work.


Entry Requirements



This is a CPD workshop specifically designed for Counsellors & Psychotherapist or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience and students currently in professional training. BSc Counselling & Psychotherapy students in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 of their studies are all invited to apply for this CPD workshop.


IT SKILLS: Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.


Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application.

Course Fees



Full Price: £85

PCI College Graduate Price*: £75

PCI College BSc/MSc Student & Alumni Member Discount Price: £65 - Join Alumni group on LinkedIn here to avail of discount.

*PCI College Graduate rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only.




Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate on the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.


Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed


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