Fri, Jan 11


The Outreach Centre

LOW REGISTRATION - CANCELLED - Emotional Regulation Workshop - Helping Clients Reduce Their Harmful Behaviours

A full day will be devoted to exploring and practicing a wide and rich variety of interventions to help clients (of all ages) tolerate, manage, and shift their affect states so they can reduce their dependency on actions that hurt themselves (e.g., binge eating, cutting, yelling, drinking).

The workshop has been held so registration is closed.
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Time & Location

Jan 11, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Outreach Centre, 4101 54 Ave, Red Deer, AB T4N 7G3, Canada

About The Event

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at which time you can sign in, receive your receipt and your handout package. The workshop will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Learning Goals:

  • Identify the range and function of the types of harm to self (e.g. cutting, under/over eating, engaging in high-risk situations, burning oneself).
  • Distinguish between suicide threat and self-injury, and when it is a fad vs. the adoption of a coping mechanism.
  • Describe, in client friendly terms, how harming self has roots in poor regulation of the nervous system (e.g., the amygdala is easily hijacked promoting defense responses such as fight, flee, and freeze actions), poor tolerance of affect states, and faulty belief systems that limit insight and cognitive reflection. Includes a description of the cycle of self-injury.
  • List the guiding principles of treatment: (a) the 4C approach to respond to “I cut myself” or to a similar disclosure such as binging, (b) a Bill of Rights for those who harm themselves on purpose, and (c) when involving the parents.
  • Describe how the ABC model can be used to debrief a disclosure of harming behaviour and how this process can invite motivation to change.
  • Describe strategies to assess/treat cutting and other skin wounding actions.
  • Explore a variety of rich and diverse interventions, following an ABC framework, to decrease clients’ dependence on self-harm actions and to increase their ability to identify and process their thoughts, feelings, and actions. For example, we will explore ample expressive art therapies, the use of metaphors and props to promote pendulation and titration regulation, and how the 3B wheel can be used to promote cognitive awareness.
  • Explain why some clients are triggered by mindfulness including when attention is made to their breath.

Refunds: A full refund is available if requested via email on/before December 21, 2018; minus a $3 processing fee. FYI: If the workshop has to be cancelled due to lack of registrants, full refunds will be sent on/before the day of the workshop.

Questions: Please contact DPS Business Manager: Mr. J. Larson.