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Title: The role of the educational psychologist in working with secondary school staff to increase their capacity to respond effectively to deliberate self-harm
Author: Jones, Kelly S.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2679 3061
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2009
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The aim of the study is to address the training needs of secondary school staff with a view to increasing their capacity to respond effectively to young people who engage in deliberate self-harm (DSH). The study aims to address the suggestion that current training and supervisory support for secondary school staff when working with young people that engage in DSH is unsatisfactory. The initial phase of the research was to use semi-structured interviews to gather the views and perceptions of secondary school staff, regarding their training needs in relation to DSH. In order to address the identified needs a six session training programme was set up based upon the needs identified during the interviews. Six training sessions were delivered to thirteen participants, from two secondary schools, on a monthly basis. At the first and sixth training session a structured questionnaire was administered to assess school staffs' knowledge and attitudes towards DSH. Data was analysed using SPSS. After the training sessions nine participants took part in semi-structured interview 2. All semi-structured interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. The study provides promising evidence that a training programme drawing on a consultation approach and designed to meet participants' needs, increased participants' knowledge, gave them additional skills and made them feel more comfortable and confident when working with young people who engage in DSH. As a service working with schools Educational Psychologists (EPs) are ideally placed to tailor a training programme to meet the needs of staff and provide the training to school staff to enable them to ~ support those pupils that engage in deliberate self-harm.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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