The Body as a Voice: Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in the School

The Body as a Voice: Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in The School Context 

Sydney: Date TBA

Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney

Why do young people self-injure? The urge to cut, scratch, rub, tear and burn our skin seems in direct contrast to our innate instincts of self-preservation and survival. Yet, nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is a significant physical and mental health concern affecting adolescents, with an estimated lifetime prevalence in Australia of 8.1% over individuals over the age of 10 years (Martin, Swannell, Harrison, et al., 2010). NSSI is highly confronting and distressing to family, friends, and educators. The behaviour or its consequences results in significant personal costs, such as permanent physical scarring, significant distress, interference with interpersonal relationships, and school.

This full day workshop will focus on practical information and skills to manage nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) that can be assimilated directly back into your school environment. Beginning with differentiating NSSI from suicide, and operationally defining the behaviour, Madeline will present the results of her recent PhD research to provide a comprehensive profile of this NSSI. This workshop will also aid in the identification of young people who may be at greater risk of self-injuring. Madeline will also concentrate on harm minimisation and strategies that can be employed to help decrease self-injurious behaviours. The session will end with ways to minimise the potential spread of NSSI within your school.



NESA ACCREDITED  - for NSW Delegates (formerly BOSTES accredited)
Completing the The Body as a Voice: Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in the School Workshop will contribute 6 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW: 3.4.2, 3.7.2, 4.1.2, 4.3.2, 4.4.2, 7.1.2, 7.3.2.

The The Body as a Voice: Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in the School Workshop is accredited with the ACT Teacher Quality Institute for 5 hours of Continuing Professional Development.

Madeline Wishart is a Project Manager at Victoria University and YSAS, and has specialised in the area of nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) for the past 14 years, recently submitting her PhD into the psychosocial determinants of the acts and functions of nonsuicidal self-injury. She was one of the first to set up a fully integrated service aimed at better managing and treating young people engaging in NSSI, as the Project Officer on the Managing Deliberate Self Harm Project at Nillumbik Community Health Service. She has experience in developing policies and procedures, and co-developed and co-facilitated of the From Harm To Calm therapeutic group. Madeline also has experience as a youth, school, and trauma counsellor with a focus on adolescent mental health. She has presented numerous seminars, conference presentations and workshops on managing NSSI in adolescents.