Training Courses
Please see our Blog page for information on upcoming courses and dates
The regular training courses we offer are shown below. 
Self-Harm and Suicide Alertness

Due to funding from Cumbria County Council, SAFA are now able to offer FREE Self-Harm and Suicide Alertness training to the children and young people’s workforce in Cumbria in partnership with Carlisle Eden Mind.

SAFA will be delivering in the South of the county (LA postcodes) and Carlisle Eden Mind will be delivering in the north (CA postcodes). This is a half day course.

Outcomes of the session:

• To understand what is self-harm and warning signs
• To be aware of the local/national context of suicide and self harm relating to young people
• To experience increased confidence in discussing self-harm and suicidal ideation with young people and appreciate the importance of asking directly about thoughts of suicide
• To be aware of the Cumbria LSCB Guidance for professionals working with children and young people who self-harm and how to relate it to our work
• To be aware of local and national resources that are available

Please contact us for dates

Eating disorders Professional Awareness

This one day course offers an opportunity for you to expand or update your knowledge of eating disorders. It is designed for a range of professionals including health care professionals, counsellors and school or college staff.

The course will cover:

· An introduction to the spectrum of eating disorders

· Signs and risks

· Physical and emotional factors maintaining an eating disorder

· Relationships with food

· Working with emotional triggers and body image

· Recovery and the stages of change

· Practical tips for supporting someone with an eating disorder

Fees: £90.00 per person

Reduced rates:

· £80.00 per person for B.A.C.P Members & Voluntary Sector (proof of membership required)

· £65.00 for students (proof required)

· Group discount available, 10-20 people, maximum 20 at 10%

Please contact us for dates

Self-Harm Awareness for Young People

SAFA offer free workshops to secondary schools in order to raise awareness of self-harm, explore and tackle stigma around self-harm and provide information about seeking help. This workshop incorporates group discussions, question and answer sessions, case studies and video clips. Outcomes:

• To understand what is self-harm and why young people self-harm
• Understand the myths and facts about self-harm
• Feel more comfortable talking about self-harm
• Knowledge of coping strategies
• Know how to get help

This can be adapted to fit within your curriculum and we can also offer assembly talks.

This workshop is delivered by Nicky Guest, support worker and counsellor at SAFA. Nicky is a qualified person-centred counsellor with substantial experience of working with young people.

“I have had students at lunch today telling me how useful your workshop was and I think next week's lesson will be a great follow up.” Teacher