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Survival tools for self-harm and suicidal thoughts

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
State: Online
CPD hrs: 4

AASW members: $199

AASW student members: $99

Non-members: $249

Organiser: AASW

For those who struggle to manage their emotional worlds, or to alter old familiar ways of thinking and behaving, there is often an underlying trauma impact to explore. People develop “survivor behaviours” as a way of coping which doesn’t always serve them well lifelong. These behaviours may involve various forms of self-harm and/or suicidal thoughts.

This workshop will provide the participants with:

  • Simple Definitions to use when talking about Self Harm and Suicidal Thoughts
  • Consideration of the Cycle of Change and the importance of relapse as rehearsal
  • Understanding of the Drivers of Despair, both internal and external
  • Understanding of the Role of Stress in our lives, positive, negative , chronic and compound impacts
  • Exploration of Circuit Breaking Techniques, to alter familiar patterns of feeling, thinking and behaviour
  • Ideas about Tracking thoughts, feelings and behaviours in preparation for change
  • Experience in developing individual Keep Safe Plans

The tools provided are as follows:

  • A Stress Management Tool - which offers insight and understanding relative to the challenge of approaching change in our lives
  • A Circuit Breaking Tool - which enable peoples to identify their triggers, feelings and the choices available to them when seeking to alter patterns of behaviour
  • A Keep Safe Plan- which can be individually developed with people to allow them some power over their own choices in staying safe.

Presenter details

Judith Shapland and Suzanne Arnall, who have long and varied experience in working with clients who self-harm or have suicidal thoughts and actions


This is a recording of a presentation hosted by the South Australian branch that has been made into a SWOT course.


AASW Student Members: $99

AASW Members: $199

Non-members: $249


Register for access by following the link to the right. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email - please read this email carefully, as it provides your access to the online course.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers