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

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

With Dr Madeline Wishart

Sydney: Thursday 8th August 2019, 9am - 4 pm
Aerial UTS Function Centre, Sydney

Perth: Thursday 10th October 2019,  9am - 4 pm
Pan Pacific Hotel, 207 Adelaide Tce, Perth

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.

Dr Madeline Wishart has a special interest in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI), recently completing her PhD into the psychosocial determinants of the acts and functions of nonsuicidal self-injury. At Nillumbik Community Health Service, she was the Project officer on the Managing Deliberate Self Harm Project, and then co-developed and co-facilitated the From Harm To Calm therapeutic group. Madeline has also worked as a youth, school, and trauma counsellor. She has presented numerous seminars and workshops on managing NSSI in young people. She is currently working as a research fellow at Youth Support and Advocacy Services (YSAS) in Melbourne.