WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"Wonderfully and clearly explained. It provided a more in depth understanding of not only the manifestations of self-harming behaviours, EDs etc but also practical tools to overcome the same."
"I gained a lot of knowledge from the training. The trainer was very engaged and kept the people taking the training engaged. I learned so much and was so happy I was able to get into this training."
"The materials provided in this training were excellent and I do intend to use them in my practice moving forward."
This 6-hour online course is written for social workers, psychologists and other clinicians who are assessing the needs of children with significant safety concerns in the areas of self-harm to include SIB (self- injurious behavior), eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia), and suicidal ideation. A section will review SIB as seen in individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.
We will review the characteristics, and behavioral indicators of these behaviors along with their accompanying predictors and diagnosis. Current research on best practice for treating these behaviors will be reviewed. The research-based concept of Self-Compassion will be introduced as it can be helpful when engaging with those who self-harm. Self-Compassion precepts can be taught to clients and used as self-care for professionals and parents while supporting children and teens who are struggling.
This will be an interactive online session split into two 3-hr segments. There will be opportunity for question and answer as well as feedback carried over from one segment to the next.
Participants will be able to:
Define Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Describe effective treatment strategies for eating disorders.
Describe risk factors in suicidal ideation and behaviors.
Identify different presentation of, and concerns with, self-injurious behavior as seen in individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.
Describe the core ideas in Self-Compassion.
Laura Gaines, MSW, LISW-S
Laura is a clinical social worker with over 28 years’ experience working with children and adults with special needs. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the Ohio State University and is a licensed independent social worker. Her career experiences include managing group homes for people with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities; associate professor at the Nisonger Center, a university affiliated program for intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities; and the family services coordinator at Dahlbery Learning Center, a preschool for children with special needs. She is also an adult and adolescent therapist who treats secondary problems related to learning disabilities and developmental delays.