Managing Self-Harming Behaviours

This one day BPS Accredited course runs from 9.30am until 4.30pm. 

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Target Audience: Anyone who wishes to know more about self-harming behaviours


It will provide you with tools to work with people who self-harm on an ongoing basis. You will learn more about how to support people who self-harm. You will learn how to understand why they do it and how to bring it under control. A harm minimisation approach underpins our work. The aim is not to make people stop, it is to support them to find coping skills that will enable them to face the underlying issues. Hence, reducing the risk of permanent or fatal damage and relapse.


  • Understanding why each individual self-harms.
  • Harm minimisation: What does it mean?
  • Theories trying to explain self-harm.
  • Links between self harm and suicide.
  • Useful tools to develop alternatives to self-harm

Trainer information:

Maria Naranjo trained as a psychotherapist in Spain. She obtained an MSc in Cognitive Science by Edinburgh University. Maria has worked in the field of mental health in Scotland for over a decade. She set up HarmLESS Psychotherapy in 2011 as a social enterprise. In her previous position in a national charity she worked as self-harm coordinator and gained valuable experience and knowledge of the issues affecting people who engage on self harming behaviours and those who look after them, professionally or personally. Furthermore she provided managerial, developmental and strategic support to several projects.

Maria adheres to the Code of Conduct as set out by the British Psychological Society, COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) and COPAO (Colegio Oficial de Psicologos de Andalucia Oriential). 

A volunteer who has lived experience of self–harm will co-facilitate this workshop.



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September 2017


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