Self-harm – Therapeutic Assessment Training (2 days)


Event type 2 day training

Coram Campus, 41 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ

Therapeutic Assessment is a brief intervention for young people presenting with self-harm in an emergency. The assessment consists of identifying the vicious cycle of self-harm in the form of a diagram, followed by a collaborative development of an “exit”, a way of breaking the cycle and moving forward. Therapeutic Assessment is linked with improved engagement with treatment compared with usual assessment.

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About the day
Key takeaways
About the talks
Who should attend
About the speakers
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About the day

This workshop teaches participants a new, manualised approach to the assessment of teenagers presenting with suicide attempts or NSSI. TA has been shown to improve attendance at follow-up in a multicentre randomized controlled trial. The improved engagement was shown recently to continue after 2 years in a 2-year follow-up study.

Key takeaways

  • Review current views and evidence on the aetiology and epidemiology of teenage suicide attempts and nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI)
  • Consider the issue of engaging teenagers in treatment
  • Teach the concepts of therapeutic assessment (TA) for teenagers presenting with suicide attempts and NSSI
  • Teach participants how to construct a therapeutic assessment diagram in practice this forms the basis of TA, from which a range of possible “exits” derive
  • Introduce how exits are created together with the adolescent by use of a range of evidence-based psychological interventions.

About the talks

  • Theoretical teaching to introduce the concepts of TA
  • Films of TA in practice to demonstrate its use
  • Example scenarios from which participants develop and practice skills in constructing TA diagrams
  • Small group work to focus on specific exit strategies (e.g., CBT, motivational interviewing techniques, mentalization-based therapy, and others)

Who should attend

This training is aimed at clinicians that work with adolescents who self-harm. In particular; consultants, clinical leads, speciality doctors, nurse practitioners, educational psychologists, senior researchers, and those that work with children and young people affected with mental health issues.

About the speakers

Dr. Dennis Ougrin
Dr. Dennis Ougrin

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Ougrin graduated from a medical school in Ukraine in 1998 and came to England to undertake his post-graduate training. He completed his higher training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Guy’s and Maudsley and is currently a consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist leading Supported Discharge Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Dr. Ougrin is also a clinical senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. He leads a programme of information exchange between the UK and Ukraine. His main professional interests include prevention of Borderline Personality Disorder and effective interventions for self-harm. He is the author of Therapeutic Assessment, a novel model of assessment for young people with self-harm. He is the chief investigator of a randomised controlled trial of Supported Discharge Service versus Treatment as Usual in adolescents admitted for in-patient care and a principal investigator of a randomised controlled trial comparing intensive mental health intervention versus usual social care in Looked After Children. He also works on developing a modular psychotherapeutic intervention for self-harm and on understanding the pathophysiology of self-harm in young people.

Toby Zundel
Dr. Toby Zundel

Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Zundel completed his medical training at Guys’ and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London. He undertook general psychiatric training in the Maudsley NHS Trust and in Australia. He completed specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry on the training scheme of the Tavistock NHS Trust. Dr. Zundel has worked as a consultant in both NHS adolescent inpatient units and outreach teams across Hertfordshire, Kent and London. Dr. Zundel has a special interest in adolescent self-harm and emerging personality disorder. He co-developed and published Therapeutic Assessment for Self-Harm in adolescents as a new approach to improving engagement in young people who present with self-harm.

Emma Woodhouse

Emma Woodhouse is a Neurodevelopmental Specialist at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.  She has extensive clinical and research experience, and has worked at The Maudsley Adult outpatient ASC/ADHD service, The National Autism (inpatient) Unit at The Bethlem Hospital and The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Emma is an experienced trainer and supervisor in the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule –Second Edition (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R).  She has completed over 1,000 ADOS-2 and ADI-R assessments, which includes high profile medicolegal work.

Emma is a qualified integrative counsellor and member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and works therapeutically with both adults and children. In addition to ASC and ADHD, she has a particular interest in working with gender dysphoria, personality disorders and forensics.  Emma runs workshops about ASC and ADHD, and has contributed to a number of research publications.

Prices and Booking

  • Publications/Digital members – £280. This just 1 place left available at this price. Once this is sold out Publications/Digital members can access the event at the standard member price.
  • Members – £360, the first 20 places receive a £40 discount, you MUST ring to access this discount. It works on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Non-members – £420

Ways to book;

  • Online via the button at the top of the page, or
  • Call the office Mon-Fri 08.30-17.00 on 020 7403 7458, or
  • Complete and return this booking form
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The events we organise are not profit-making, many are subsidised through our other commercial activities, without which they would not be able to run. As a charity, any surplus that we make is invested back into the business to benefit our Members and the sector. Members get a discounted rate and we hope you consider joining.

All delegates will receive a CPD certificate emailed after the event. Prices include tea/coffee and pastries on arrival, lunch, and refreshments throughout the day, with cakes in the afternoon.


Slides are password protected, those we have permission to share will be made available when they are supplied to us.


Day 1
09:30 – Registration
10:00 – Welcome and introduction
10:30 – Self-harm and suicide overview
11:30 – Break
11:45 – Creating a TA diagram
12:30 – Lunch
13:30 – Exit 1, Behaviour activation
15:00 – Break
15:15 – Exit 2, Problem solving
16:30 – Q & A
17:00 – Close

Day 2
09:30 – Registration
10:00 – Exit 3, Challenging negative cognitions
11:30 – Break
11:45 – Exit 4, Solution focused brief therapy
12:30 – Lunch
13:30 – Exit 5, MBT-A
15:00 – Break
15:15 – Research in TA and Q & A
16:30 – End of day

How to get there

Map of the venue via Google Maps

You may find it useful to use Transport for London Journey Planner to plan your route

Nearest Underground

  • Russell Square; 5 min walk, 0.2 mile (Picadilly)
  • King’s Cross St Pancras; 11 min walk, 0.5 mile (Picadilly, Circle, Northern, Victoria, Metropolitan)

Nearest Mainline Train

  • King’s Cross St Pancras, details above.
  • Euston; 15 min walk, 0.7 mile.