- There Must Be A Better Way: CBT for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury -

19 modules


Dr William Davies



Deliberate non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is the intentional cause of harm to one's own body, very often to cope with intense emotional distress. Very often it achieves that aim, which is why it persists. It is more prevalent amongst young people, though by no means confined to them.

Non-suicidal self-injury is not attempted suicide. People who self-harm do not intend to kill themselves, at that point in time. In attempted suicide, by contrast, the person intends to kill themselves. However, although it is important to distinguish between non-suicidal self-injury and attempted suicide, people who self-harm are in fact 10 times more likely to eventually end their own lives than people who don't.

Sometimes, non-suicidal self-injury is triggered by events such as: bereavement, loss of employment, imprisonment, relationship problems, and other crises, yet at other times, none of those are present, and the non-suicidal self-injury seems to be purely an effective means of coping with tension and stress.

NSSI is a presentation which is worrying and dis-empowering for many professionals, so this course sets out to give a clear and effective approach to working with non-suicidal self-injury by providing patients with something that works better for them than harming themselves.

The APT has mastered the delivery of this training 'online anytime'; providing top class training you can access right now or any time that suits you. No longer do you have to wait for 'the start date' of the course.

"Thank you, very comprehensive and really enjoyed the summaries and examples/activities."

Training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources. And the APT has perfected the art of delivering it in a way that makes it appear simple and easy to apply.

"Really enjoyable and helpful."

As the author of the approach and with a wealth of clinical experience, Dr William Davies presents the course with relevant stories and examples of using it, and an engaging lightness which perfectly complements the weight of the topic.


"The course provided me with valuable tools and skills that I can use effectively in my job."

This course is APT-accredited, and gives you access to important resources for you to use post-course. Whether you simply want to broaden your knowledge or want to establish an NSSI service, this course is for you. It can be studied by teams or individuals, see below.

For further information on the format of APT online training, the APT’s guarantee to you, and how to make a group booking, click here.



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The course covers a great deal:

  • Engaging with the person: forming a relationship whereby the person will take notice of what you say.

  • Analysing why the person self harms. Although some triggers are more common than others, each person has their individual profile and it is essential to uncover it.
  • Putting yourself into a uniquely influential position by validating the person's emotional reactions and their behaviour without appearing to recommend non-suicidal self-injury.
  • Motivating the person to change: having the person reflect on their non-suicidal self-injury, identify why they might wish to stop it and become optimistic about the prospects for stopping (and doing something more constructive).
  • Finding something better. Importantly, many people report that non-suicidal self-injury works extremely well for them and nothing else does. We look at solving this conundrum.
  • The best laid plans are sometimes no more than that: how to have the person act on the plans you have jointly made.
  • Dealing with frustration: coping with relapse in people who are doing well; responding to people who say one thing and do another.
  • Long term strategy. How to get the person to look forward, to have goals and strive to achieve them. How not just to 'not self harm' but leave it right behind them.
  • Methods of working. Gaining support for oneself and providing support 24/7 for the person concerned.

What the course will do for you:

  • You will learn 'the fact and figures' relating to non-suicidal self-injury.

  • How to develop a relationship where the person will take real notice of what you say.
  • How to help the person infer their own learning points - and act on them.
  • Develop an understanding of why some people self-harm in spite of the distress it causes - and the reason is almost never 'attention-seeking'.
  • Learn a clear sequence of steps that are necessary and sufficient in helping and treating people who self harm.
  • Learn how to help the person focus on positive future goals in place of non-suicidal self-injury.
  • How to provide support for the person when you are not available, and support for yourself when you need it.



Click ‘add to cart’ to purchase by card or PayPal. (If you are ordering for somebody else - or a group - create an account and select ‘Bulk Purchase’ once you have proceeded to cart.)

If you would like to be invoiced please email finance@apt.ac stating; the course title, how many places you require, your organisation's purchase order number, and the name and address for the invoice to be sent to.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Level 2 APT Accreditation (12 hours CPD)

Learning Credits

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The Nature of Self Harm
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Why do People Do It
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The 5 step REVAMPP plan
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Reveal why the person self-harms
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Motivating Change
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Planning Alternatives to Self Harm
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Cognitive Restructuring
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Prompting Action
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Radical Diary Keeping
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Monitoring and Developing Your Skilll
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Pushing the Boundaries
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Working in Groups
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Applying what we have covered reliably
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What have you earned by completing this course
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Added 14 days ago, by Anonymous
Useful and enjoyable
Added 23 days ago, by Anonymous
A helpful and thoughtful course integrating theorectical and practical considerations well
Added 30 days ago, by Rachel
Great content, easily accessed at own paced. Really relevant! Just wish the format of the lessons were continuous and required less clicking per slide in each module- was somewhat annoying to have to click 'next' every time.
Added about 1 month ago, by Denise
Excellent course. Resources are also very helpful and provide a structured approach.
Added about 2 months ago, by Young
Added about 2 months ago, by Anonymous
This course was very helpful in taking me through the process of understanding the purpose of self harm, as well as triggers and alternatives.
Added 2 months ago, by Kerry
excellent resources I have learnt a lot that I can put into practice and I am looking forward to it
Added 3 months ago, by Anonymous
excellent content, very applied, encouraged to practice and develop skill - i look forward to continued development in this area!!
Added 4 months ago, by Nicola
Throughly enjoyed
Added 4 months ago, by Julie
Really useful, great resources and real life scenarios.

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