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ELSA France’s Virtual Teacher Development Day
13 March 2021
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Saturday, March 13 • 2:20pm - 3:20pm
Self harm: understanding why it might happen and what teachers need to know (ages 10-17)

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Self-harm: understanding why it might happen and what teachers need to know

This session will cover the following:
* The risk factors will be discussed
* The reasons why children and adolescents self-harm and how they do it.
* The difference between self-harm and suicide attempts.
* The signs to look out for in a child who is self-harming.
* What teachers need to know if they suspect a child or teenager is self-harming and in which case a teacher might speak to a child in this case and how they might do it.
* The importance of working as part of a team when dealing with children in difficulty: the necessity for dialogue and support for teachers dealing with these situations.
* The legal aspects in France of seeing a child endangering themselves.
* A case study of child/ adolescent who has self-harmed and is in therapy.
Questions from the audience.

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Melanie Devitt

Clinical Psychologist, Hopital Necker-Enfant malade
Melanie Devitt holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology from University of Paris (Paris V). She works in Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris on a team evaluating for Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) and also consults for children, adolescents and their parents in... Read More →

Saturday March 13, 2021 2:20pm - 3:20pm CET
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