Working with people with learning disabilities who self-injure


This one day training course is based on the findings of the Hidden Pain? Project, the first UK wide research study looking at the experiences of people with learning disabilities who self-injure. The research was carried out by Self injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women) and the Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol. The researchers asked people with learning disabilities who injure themselves about their own experiences of self-injury. The training is designed to enable you to understand self-injury and people with learning disabilities and to develop helpful, supportive responses.


Dates, costs and to book a place

In-house training can be tailored to the needs of your organisation and is delivered throughout the U.K. and Ireland. If you have a group who would benefit from this training and would like us to come to you phone 0117 927 9600 or email

Course aims

  • To define self-injury
  • Understand self-injury within the context of people’s lives
  • Identify circumstances that may contribute to a person self-injuring
  • Develop practical skills in supporting someone who self-injures
  • Understand some of the feelings which are experienced before self-injury
  • Identify helpful responses to a person feeling like self-injuring
  • Review our own responses to people who self-injure

The training involves watching film clips from the Hidden Pain? DVD giving accounts of the experiences of people with learning disabilities who took part in the research.

Fantastic training with a good range of practical tools.” Volunteer, Just People

Trainer was very good, clear, helpful and listened to all group discussions. Thank you.”  Support Worker, Chailey Foundation