Managing Risk In Young People

Managing Risk In Young People

Effective Assessment And Therapeutic Strategies For Suicidal And Self-Harm Behaviour

Managing Risk In Young People
Dr Kirsten Davis

Suicide is the most common cause of death for young New Zealanders. Every year there are also 2500 hospital admissions for intentional self-harm injuries. When distressed, suicidal and/or self-harm thoughts or actions are often strategies used in an attempt to regulate emotion. The development of more effective strategies is imperative to support young people to move towards recovery. Suicidal and self-harming behaviours are challenging to work with and many professionals view this work as being complicated and anxiety provoking. This workshop is for professionals who work with young people and will increase understanding, confidence and competence in how to recognise and appropriately respond to suicidal ideation or self-harming behaviour when they encounter it in their work.

Some of the key content Kirsten will discuss includes:

  • How self-harm differs from but also contributes to suicidal risk.
  • Engaging and effective assessment strategies for suicidal and self-harm behaviour which assist to conceptualise the function of the behaviour within the wider context.
  • How to teach and generalise effective and practical skills to regulate emotion.• How to develop protocols to guide the management of behaviour in a crisis.
  • How to engage the wider system in supporting the young person.
  • How to support the families in developing strategies to more effectively support their young person and increase awareness of contingencies reinforcing suicidal and/or self-harm behaviour.

This practical and interactive workshop will be relevant to all counselling and helping professionals working with young people across the health, education, welfare and NGO sectors. Dr Kirsten Davis is an Auckland-based Clinical Psychologist, trainer, consultant and supervisor who specialises in working with children, young people and their families. She has a particular interest in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and has been involved in the development, implementation and coordination of DBT Programs in both the health and care and protection sectors. Kirsten’s engaging presentation style, combined with her extensive experience of successfully working with distressed young people mean this is a workshop not to be missed for any professional seeking to strengthen their knowledge of ‘best practice’ interventions with young people at risk of self-harm or suicide.

58 Waipuna Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland

There is plenty of parking available onsite

"Kirsten was fantastic. I loved all the practical, experiential examples, physical movement and real life examples."



"Very informative. I enjoyed learning new models of practice - e.g. chain analysis worksheet strategies. This will be effective for the young women I work with on their re-integration back into the community."

Social Worker


"Kirsten has an easy and collaborative facilitation style. Her interactive learning opportunities were helpful to me."



"Fantastic seminar, Kirsten was excellent, easy to listen to and understand. Great hand outs and links for us to check out."

School Guidance Counsellor 


"I have found this workshop to be very interesting. It has given me some great ideas on how to approach my clients who are experiencing self-harm or suicidal intentions. I will be using the chain analysis in my interviews. Validation information has been great."


Date: Wednesday 6th March 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Venue: Waipuna Hotel
Address: 58 Waipuna Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland
Lunch & Tea Break Catering
Workshop Notes Provided
Certificate Provided
Bookshop at Seminar
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  • $245.00 incl GST
  • Ex Tax: $213.04