MHT14 – Harm Minimisation Training:

This workshop blends the models of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Interviewing into an application to increase client’s motivation for harm minimisation. There is also a practical focus on reducing the harm associated with maladaptive behaviours.

‘Harm’ is defined as the personal or physical undesirable outcome of behaviour that is not socially sanctioned. This might include self-injurious behaviour, substance misuse for example (but is not restricted to such actions). Rather than being judgemental and prescriptive in its desire to reduce harm, harm minimisation techniques support individuals to crystallise their own arguments against harmful behaviours and to plan and implement safer behaviours with less destructive and generally healthier outcomes.

Harm minimisation is defined as a set of interventions designed to help clients crystallise their discontent for harmful actions and to manage (minimise) self-destructive behaviour with the following key objectives.

  • Develop discrepancy and crystallise discontent t for harmful behaviours
  • Improve coping skills and resiliency
  • Set and achieve personal treatment / life goals
  • Develop personal relapse prevention plan
  • Focus on recovery
  • Decrease crisis and hospitalisations
  • Decrease involvement with criminal justice system
  • Learn to manage medications
  • Develop skills to maintain mental health
  • Improve communication skills
  • Learn to manage anger
  • Build skills to reduce stress
  • Develop skills to improve parenting and family relationships

Delegates will learn technique to increase a person’s awareness of the consequences, and risks faced as a result of patterns of substance misuse or self-injurious acts (or similar). And to motivate the individual to develop harm reduction strategies in their best interests.

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