Therapeutic Assessment for Adolescents with Self-Harm


Event type Talk

FREE event, online via Zoom
18:00 UK, 19:00 CET, 20:00 EET, 13:00 EST

This is a FREE event, hosted by Egypt ACAMH, delivered by Dr. Dennis Ougrin.


Therapeutic Assessment (TA) for self-harm is a brief emergency intervention, developed by Dr. Dennis Ougrin, Dr. Toby Zundel, and Dr. Audrey Ng that forms an organic part of the psychosocial assessment following a self-harming incident.

Therapeutic Assessment is evidence-based, simple and easy to learn, presenting the techniques in a clear, accessible and user-friendly way. Based on extensive research, it will form an essential tool for psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, and for any health professional involved in the assessment of young people who self-harm.

About the session

This session will cover the main features of Therapeutic Assessment (TA)

  1. TA, compared with a standard psychosocial history and risk assessment, improves patients’ responses and their willingness to engage in further therapy.
  2. TA significantly improves the chances of young people’s engagement with evidence-based interventions for self-harm.
  3. TA is a ‘toolkit’ that can be successfully taught and implemented in a pragmatic clinical setting.


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ACAMH Members attending will be eligible for a CPD certificate. 

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About the speaker

Dr. Dennis Ougrin

Dr. Dennis 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.

Dr. Ougrin is a past Editor in Chief of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health journal, and a current Board member of ACAMH.