The Body as a Voice

Non-suicidal Self-Injury in the School Context

Presented by Dr. Madeline Wishart

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.

Melbourne Workshop: Tuesday 17th March
Sydney Workshop: Wednesday 30th March
Brisbane Workshop: Thursday 28th July
VIRTUAL Workshop: Wednesday 3rd August


Virtual Workshop*

Early Bird: $297 inc GST (15 days prior to workshop)
Standard: $352 inc GST (within 15 days of workshop)
* Please note that the virtual workshop is an online full day event. It will not be recorded

Face to Face Workshops

Early Bird: $352 inc GST (15 days prior to workshop)
Standard: $407 inc GST (within 15 days of workshop)


Dr. Madeline Wishart has a special interest in NSSI, with her PhD exploring the psychosocial determinants of the acts and functions of nonsuicidal self-injury. She has a Masters in both Professional and Clinical Psychology. At Nillumbik Community Health Service, she co-developed and co-facilitated the From Harm To Calm therapeutic group, and wrote the first issues of the From Harm To Calm resource packs. Madeline has also worked as a youth, school, and trauma counsellor, sessional lecturer at Victoria University, and a research officer at YSAS in Melbourne. Madeline has over 15 years of experience presenting on managing NSSI in young people. She currently divides her time between her private practice – Wishart Psychology; Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital; and consulting and delivering professional development on NSSI.