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Self-Harm in Secure Environments: Assessment, Formulation and Management (CPD event)

This one-day training workshop aims to develop understanding, knowledge and best practice for managing self-harm.

Date and time: To be confirmed
Location: Forensic Academy, The University of Manchester
Fee: To be confirmed
How to book: To be confirmed
‌Contact us: Email or phone +44 (0)161 306 7802


Our training workshop will help forensic mental health professionals develop understanding, knowledge and best practice for managing self-harm.

The workshop focuses on prison and secure environments; however, the concepts are relevant to similar environments, such as forensic mental health services. It will complement participants' existing training on self-harm awareness and policies and protocols in their place of work, by enhancing individual understanding of repetitive self-harming behaviour.

The theoretical and practical aspects of managing repetitive self-harming behaviour in secure environments will be covered. A psychological model of self-harm will be applied to a typical case example of self-harm. The workshop will enable participants to understand how to approach the assessment and consider suitable interventions for the care and management of individuals who self-harm.

Consideration will be given to the personal impact of managing self-harming behaviour in secure environments, including the importance of resilience.

Who should attend?

This training is intended for any staff, practitioners, academics or researchers with an interest in this area, who want to develop their theoretical knowledge, evidence-base and practical skills in this area.

No prior knowledge is required, but experience of working in secure environments would be beneficial to understand how to apply the training content.

Learning objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • understand repetitive self-harming behaviour in secure environments from a theoretical, psychological and research perspective;
  • understand the complexities of psychosocial assessment of self-harming behaviours in secure environments;
  • understand the different interventions for the care and management of individuals who self-harm.

About the trainer

Dr Tammi Walker

Tammi Walker is a Chartered Psychologist and Associated Fellow registered with the British Psychological Society. She is Senior Lecturer at The University of Manchester. 

Since 1999, she has undertaken research with women who have multiple, complex needs and is particularly interested in self-injury and suicide in offenders accommodated in forensic settings. She is an invited member of the advisory group for the 'Suicide Prevention in Prisons', a project that is being delivered by The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Centre for Mental Health.

She is also a member of the Practitioner and Stakeholder Group (NOMS), which supports the work of the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) on Deaths in Custody, Trustee and a member of the management and leadership for the Counselling in Prisons Network.

She has worked as a practitioner and a researcher in this challenging field, and is the lead author of the book 'Preventing Self-Injury and Suicide in Women's Prisons', as well as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology.  

What our students say

"Excellent day. I will return to my establishment and encourage more staff to attend, as it is very relevant to what we deliver."

"Great interactive session with a knowledgeable tutor. Useful to clinical practice."

How to book your place

To be confirmed

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0)161 306 7802