‘The Silent Scream’ – Working With Clients Who Self-harm

Two day course: Sat 16th and Sun 17th February 10am to 5pm both days.

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Fiona Firman PTSTA


Early Bird (until 22 December): £165
Course Fee: £180

Who is it aimed at?

This course is aimed primarily at counsellors and psychotherapists.  It is also suitable for counselling students who are ready to start their practice, and a wide range of healthcare professionals.

A basic knowledge of TA would be useful in attending this workshop, although it is not essential.

Course Outline

This is going to be an exciting, stimulating, interactive day, where we will explore the issues involved in working with clients who self-harm. We will look at a number of theories to support us in how we think about and work with clients who self-harm.

At the end of the day participants will go away with a deeper understanding of the issues around self-harm, particularly behaviours resulting from states of extreme distress linked to trauma.


The aim of this workshop is to increase your confidence in identifying and managing the issues around self-harm and suicide in practice with clients, whilst equipping you to work effectively with clients who are severely distressed.

Learning Outcomes

This workshop will provide you with:

  • an understanding as to why some clients self-harm;
  • theories aimed at deepening your knowledge as to why some clients self-harm, and how to work with this issue in the therapy room;
  • appropriate treatment strategies and treatment plans in working with clients who self-harm;
  • links between self-harm and suicide;
  • useful tools and resources to enable you to work effectively in supporting your clients to develop healthy alternatives to self-harm;
  • issues related to self care for practitioners who work with severely distressed clients.

Course Structure

This workshop will involve teaching, exploration and interaction, using both a theoretical and practical framework. It will include small group work, exercises and skills practice.

Facilitator Biography

Fiona Firman, BA (Hons), PG Dip (TA Counselling), MSc (Psych), CTA (P), PTSTA is a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer based in Edinburgh, where she runs a private practice. Fiona is currently the Training and Development Lead at Physis Scotland in Edinburgh.

Fiona has extensive experience in working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse within the voluntary and statutory sectors, as well as in private practice.

Fiona has a special interest in working with clients who present with a Borderline process, and/or have a formal diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.

For more information about Fiona, please see www.chrysalliscounselling.co.uk

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