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Self Harm training

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

CBT with Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: There Must Be A Better Way® is a 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), a leading provider of accredited courses for professionals working in mental health and related areas in the UK and Ireland.

It is the only Self-Harm training that is APT-accredited and also gives you access to APT’s relevant downloadable resources for use post-course. The course is available for teams and individuals and can be attended face-to-face or online. (A 2-day version is also available for teams.)

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Executive Summary:

Deliberate non-suicidal self-injury is the intentional cause of harm to one's own body. More often, however, it is thought of as the coping with intense emotional distress by inflicting injury to oneself. 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 have no intention of killing themselves, at that point in time. Rather the non-suicidal self-injury is usually a way of coping with some form of distress. 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.

More than 24,000 teenagers are admitted to hospital in the UK annually after deliberately harming themselves; 1 in 10 teenagers self-harms. Rates of non-suicidal self-injury in the UK have increased over the last 10 years and are amongst the highest in Europe.

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 a very effective means of coping with tension and stress.

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.

Who should attend?

All professionals who sometimes see people who self harm, whether 1:1 or as part of a team.

The course covers a great deal:

What the course will do for you:

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Level 1 accreditation, and receive a certificate to this effect. The accreditation gives you access to online resources associated with the course and access to the online exam if you wish to uprate your APT accreditation to Level 2.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher which also upgrades your accreditation to APT Level 2 if you are successful in the associated online exam.

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 100,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.

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Booking Options...

 for individuals or small groups

 for teams and organisations




For individuals or small groups:


Option 1: Online Anytime course

Engaging and relevant online course, attend from your home or workplace at times convenient to you.

Price: £180 plus VAT per person. (Guaranteed completion; full refund if you don’t complete for any reason.)

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For teams and organisations:


Option 1: Face-to-Face Onsite course:

We bring the course and tutor to you, for an all-inclusive fee.

Price (3-day version): £4,495 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: £300 plus VAT per person.

Price (2-day version): £3,330 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people. Extra delegates: £200 plus VAT per person. 

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

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Option 2: Online Live and Exclusive course:

Live, interactive online course exclusively for your team or organisation.

Price (3-day version): £3,870 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people (workbooks for every delegate are included in this price - if you require workbooks being sent to more than one location, there is an extra charge of £5 per extra address). Extra delegates £288 plus VAT per person.

Price (2-day version): £2,850 plus VAT for a group of up to 15 people (workbooks for every delegate are included in this price - if you require workbooks being sent to more than one location, there is an extra charge of £5 per extra address). Extra delegates £192 plus VAT per person. 

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Option 3: Online Anytime course:

Engaging and relevant online course, your colleagues attend from home or workplace at times that suit.

Price: £180 plus VAT per person. (Guaranteed completion; full refund for those that don’t complete for any reason.)

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Option 4: 'Train the Trainer':

If you or a colleague are a senior professional (e.g. consultant psychologist) and have a talent for communication and teaching, then you are welcome to apply to become an APT-accredited tutor. You could then tutor the course - or your chosen modules from it - in your own organisation, under license.

This is not only a highly appropriate use of senior professionals, but it also saves your organisation the tutor-component of the fee (around 50%) each time you run it or your chosen modules.

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Downloadable information sheet:

Click here to download a printable information sheet


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NICE guidelines relevant to this course:

Self-harm in over 8s: long-term management (CG133)  ❯

Self-harm in over 8s: short-term management and prevention of recurrence (CG16)  ❯


APT Accreditation

As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course. APT verifies the accreditation by publishing the delegates' average ratings of relevance and presentation-quality for all its accredited courses. The accreditation is given value by over 100,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

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The DICES® Risk System  ❯

Feedback Ratings

Feedback Ratings.

We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings for the last ten runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 97%

Average Relevance rating: 95%



*These statistics were last updated in November 2019.

Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the There Must Be A Better Way® course has received.

"Fantastic course … more courses like this are needed for everyone working in mental health."

"This has been the best course I have been on in 25 years of nursing. The tutor had a fantastic way of bringing the subject to life. I feel armed with skills to be able to work effectively with a service user on taking this forward. Self harm no longer sends me running to the hills."

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