Supporting Youth with Self-Harm and Suicide Tendencies (Level 2)

The workshop coverage focuses on equipping participants how to conduct a preliminary assessment of the distressed youth and to make informed follow-on actions such as immediate admission to hospital, recommendation for psychological diagnosis and treatment, etc.


Dr. Natalie Games

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I thought I have provided all things for my family – financial, emotional … everything. Yet, my daughter is cutting herself. What have I done wrong? What else could I have done?’ – a father’s anguish.  

Course Overview

Reports of youth suicide and self-harm are growing at an alarming rate. This phenomenon seems to be widespread across the entire spectrum of young people, irrespective of their socio-economic status, level of education, and family background.

This workshop is designed for mental health professionals and educators who work with young people in a range of community, educational, private, public, inpatient, and outpatient settings. Participants will learn effective intervention strategies and techniques to help at-risk young people.

Participants to this workshop will extend the knowledge and skills gained in the Level 1 course (of the same title). This workshop teaches participants how to develop a case formulation based on the information gathered at the case assessment stage. Next, participants will learn how to prepare an effective treatment plan. Possible challenges during the treatment plan implementation stage will be discussed as well. Case studies will be used throughout the workshop to aid learning. 

The practical workshop is offered in a multi-modal format including immersive and experiential training via role-play, case studies, peer activities, and observation in addition to traditional teaching strategies.

This workshop is the continuation of the Level 1 course of the same title. Participants who do not have knowledge and experience of conducting case assessments are advised to attend the Level 1 course first before attending Level 2. 

Target Audience

This workshop is suitable for those who have attended the Level 1 course of the same title. Alternatively, those who have experience in managing self-harm and suicide cases, or are able to conduct case assessments, are also welcome to attend this workshop. .

  • Social Workers, Counsellors and Psychologists working in VWOs
  • Medical Social Workers working in hospitals and medical institutions
  • School Counsellors
  • Psychologists and Counsellors in private practice.

8 hours

Workshop Topics:

Part A: Case Assessment – A Review

  • Review and application of lessons learned in Level 1 course
  • Application of the 5 world model and risk and protective factors to  case studies.

Part B: Case Formulation and Treatment Planning

  • Comprehensive clinical case formulation
    • Key features in developing a case formulation
    • Using case formulation to guide treatment planning
  • Treatment Plan
    • Key features on developing a treatment plan

Activity: Case activities; role-play

Part C: Intervention: Strategies for Engaging Distressed Youth

  • Building and managing a therapeutic alliance with distressed youth
    • Aligning with the young person, etc.
  • Collaborative treatment planning with the adolescent and young adult
  • Working with challenging presentations:
    • Resistance
    • Denial
    • Opposition
    • Clusters

Activity: Role-play, skill practice

Part D: Implementation of Treatment Plan

  • Appreciating how your background (skills, experience, etc) influences your conduct of interventions and outcomes
  • Conducting interventions using knowledge of CBT, ACT, DBT

Activity: Skill practice

Part E: Resilience Building

  • Factors to consider to build resilience
  • Interventions for individual, family, school and community

Activity: Peer and Group discussion of own cases 

About the Trainer

Dr. Natalie Games
Dr. Natalie Games holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from James Cook University, Australia. She is a currently working as a Clinical Psychologist dealing with clients experiencing a range of difficulties, including mood and emotional difficulties. Natalie is a full member of the Singapore Psychological Society and a registered Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor with the Singapore Register of Psychologists (SRP) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).Natalie specialises in working across the lifespan with children, families, adolescents and adults. Her areas of interest include working with individuals with affective disorders (depression), anxiety (generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorder, etc), self-harm, trauma, identity issues, relationship issues and personality disorders.​Natalie has experience with individuals and groups within private, community and public hospital settings in Singapore. She previously worked at National University Hospital (NUH) Paediatric Psychology clinic where she conducted psychological assessments and provided therapy to children and adolescents and their families. Natalie has also worked in NUH and Raffles Counselling Centre with adolescents and adults.

Available Funding

Normal Fees: S$580
SkillsFuture Credit: Can be used to pay course fee fully or partially
NTUC UTAP: NTUC union members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 or $500 (aged 40 years old and above)
NCSS VCF Pre- Approval Funding: $240
​​Schools & Ministries: e-invoicing via