Self-harm and suicidality in young people

Supporting adolescents when life seems too hard

3 hours (3 CE credits)
Intermediate level skills workshop
Recording available afterwards for 6 months
Psychologists, therapists, BCBAs, practitioners working with young people

Course Description

Suicide and self-harm are some of the most difficult experiences a practitioner can encounter. When working with young people experiencing these issues, it is crucial to navigate the complex dynamics of managing their well-being, whilst ensuring their safety. The pressure can be immense, both from the young person themselves and from concerned family members. These challenging patterns of behaviour, often stemming from trauma, can be persistent, pervasive, and distressing for both the client and the therapist, triggering anxiety and self-doubt. 

Therapists often struggle to balance the needs of the young person who faces enormous amounts of distress, with the needs of the wider system (family, carers, services), who prioritise the young person’s safety.  

  • How do you, as a practitioner, balance these important needs?  
  • How do you work in safe, ethical and effective ways? 
  • How do you prioritise your own well-being and mental health during this vital work?  

About this workshop

Join Dr Louise Hayes, the developer of the DNA-V model for young people,  for an engaging workshop where she will help you to answer these questions.  In this training session, she will explore how to integrate acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and contextual behavioural science practices to address self-harm and suicidality with young people (14-24). Louise’s aim is to equip you with the latest evidence-based knowledge and skills necessary to engage effectively with young people within an acceptance and compassion framework. By the end of this workshop, you will be well-prepared to engage in meaningful and impactful interactions with young individuals, empowering them to navigate their struggles with self harm and suicidality, while fostering acceptance and compassion.  

In this workshop, Louise will: 

  • Provide an overview of the latest evidence surrounding suicidality and self-harm in young people, along with therapeutic evidence to inform your practice. 
  • Equip you with practical skills to confidently initiate sensitive conversations about self-harm and suicidal thoughts with young individuals. 
  • Offer communication strategies that promote empathy and compassion, enabling you to establish a supportive and understanding environment. 
  • Explore case conceptualisations, encouraging collaborative discussions and the development of comprehensive support plans with young people and their carers. 
  • Discuss the importance of self-care and supervision supports, emphasising their role in maintaining your well-being and ensuring effective practice. 
  • Address the ethical and clinical responsibilities within the service framework specific to your discipline or workplace, ensuring a thorough understanding of your professional obligations. 

By the end of this workshop, you will have gained valuable insights, practical skills, and a deeper understanding of the ethical and clinical considerations necessary when working with self-harm and suicidality in young people. 

The DNA-V framework emphasises whole-person-in-context approaches, supporting social connections and fostering self-compassion during difficult periods. DNA-V is science made accessible. It provides a robust framework that applies science-based solutions to human concerns. It arose inside the work of ACT and the theoretical foundations of evolution and contextual behavioural science.

Who would benefit from this workshop? 

This workshop is suitable for all professionals who work with young people, including psychologists, BCBA’s, counsellors and therapists  

Group booking discounts

Contextual Consulting offer discounts for groups of people from the same organisation e.g. an NHS Trust that does not have a contract arrangement with us.

Please email us here  to arrange a group discount or find out more about our CPD contracts here.

This program is sponsored by Contextual Consulting and is approved for 3 CE credits for psychologists. To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the latest evidence surrounding suicidality and self-harm in young people
  • Implement communication strategies that promote empathy and compassion when working with young individuals who engage in self-harm or have suicidal thoughts.
  • Utilise case conceptualisation methods for working with suicidality and self-harm in young people
  • Describe methods to maintain self-care and well-being in working with suicidality and self-harm in young people

Contextual Consulting is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.

There was no commercial support for this event. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

If you have disability and require adjustments or accommodation, please email us at to discuss your needs and we will do our best to help you.

Booking cancellation 

The registration fee will be refunded minus a administration charge if cancellations are received at least two weeks before the workshop date.

Cancellations within two weeks of the event date are charged the full registration fee, other than in exceptional circumstances that can be verified.

Event cancellation 
In the event of cancellation of the course outside of our control we will not be held accountable for travel and/or accommodation costs incurred. However, the workshop fees will be refunded.

All workshops will be subject to minimum delegate numbers being met; in the event that a workshop should be cancelled delegates will be given no less than 2 months’ notice.

Replacing delegates

If a delegate is unable to attend and a replacement is nominated there may be a charge depending on the individual circumstances, this will be advised at the time. Please contact the us to request a replacement of delegates at least a week before the workshop date.

The thriving adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and positive psychology to help teens manage emotions, achieve goals, and build connection

You can download chapter one here:

Hayes, L. L., & Ciarrochi, J. (2015). The thriving adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and positive psychology to help teens manage emotions, achieve goals, and build connection. New Harbinger Publications.

Self-harm and suicidality in young people
18th Jun 2024
4:30 AM - 7:30 AM (New York time) change timezone


To find out more, including attendance requirements and how to access your certificate, go to our continuing education information page.

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We will have dedicated technicians on hand throughout the entire duration of the workshop. They will be there to help you manage any issues that may come up and get you back in to the workshop again. Also, if you think there may be a problem, be it with your work access or anything else, you can log in early to check if things are working for you, and be prepared. There may of course be technical issues that come up on your end, which will be your responsibility to look after. But these are rare and we have an extra handy troubleshooting guide that comes with tips and tricks to deal with any problems.

Yes! As long as you have access to a web browser and you’re connected to the internet, you will be able to attend. It’s that simple – all you need to do is go to the webpage link, login and you’re set to go. You can join the workshop on any device including your home computer or iPad. You can even join in using your smart phone.

You just need a computer (PC or Mac), laptop or tablet that can access the internet. You need a good broadband speed that would allow you to comfortably stream a movie (such as a video on YouTube).

Yes, a video of the presentation will be available to you for up to 6 months after the workshop is finished.  You’ll be able to go back over any part of the workshop to review or check anything that you missed. You also don’t actually have to attend the live workshop – if you’re not able to make it on the actual date, you can still login afterwards and watch the recorded version.

Yes, you will receive a CPD certificate.

Absolutely. You will be able to ask the presenter questions, just as you would in any workshop. You’ll also have the extra benefit of being able to interact with other colleagues who have also joined the workshop.

It’s super simple. All you need to do is follow a link that you will be provided prior to the course, along with instructions.

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