Self-Injury & Suicide: When & How Educators Should Intervene

Recognizing symptoms and protecting the safety of high-risk students

More than ever educators are being tasked with how to intervene with students engaged in self-injury and suicidal behaviors. As a result, many educators may feel overwhelmed on how to help these students and may also be worried that they will miss the signs and symptoms demonstrated by students at risk. This training session is designed to teach participants about what fuels these behaviors along with how to determine if someone may be at risk of suicide or self-injury. Furthermore, audience members will learn about the specific traits and behaviors that determine what students may need immediate intervention along with what to do to ensure the safety of these high-risk students. Finally, participants will learn specific strategies designed to help engage the suicidal student and amplify the student’s reasons for living. Dozens of tools will be provided to use with students at risk for these behaviors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the contributing factors that put students at risk of self-injury and suicidal behaviors
  • Learn who is most at risk of self-injury and suicide
  • Understand why students self-injure
  • Explore ways to intervene with students at risk of self-injury or suicide
  • Learn what to avoid when interacting with someone who is at risk of suicide
  • Learn what steps you can take to increase suicide prevention efforts in your school and community


Self-Injury & Suicide On-Site Training

2 Videos

Increase mental health awareness and suicide prevention in your school.

Gain practical tools to use with students who are at risk.

What Attendees Have to Say

"The information was great and completely applies to me as a School Counselor. Understanding how the male and female brains work, including hormonal differences, will make a huge difference for me!"
School Counselor
Seattle, WA
"I can use everything I learned today instantly in the classroom. It was very interesting to learn about the differences of the male and female brain."
High School Teacher
Sacramento, CA
"The presenter was so engaging and informative. There are so many practical takeaways that I can immediately use in the classroom."
Middle School Teacher
Atlanta, GA
"The presenter's insights about social media were spot on. The brain research on differences between male and female brains was very helpful."
High School Counselor
New Orleans, LA




Kim Johancen-AccuTrain
Kim Johancen, M.A., LPC

*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute

Kim Johancen, M.A., LPC is a Colorado-based author, therapist, and speaker with specialties including sexual trauma, relational trauma and betrayal, suicide, and self-injury. She has worked extensively with kids, families, and adults throughout her 25 year career and works to help clients alleviate post trauma symptoms while also building resilience and strength. Kim is well versed in multiple evidence-based therapeutic modalities including Internal Family Systems, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

She is a certified EMDR therapist and is nearing completion of a second certification in Brain Spotting Therapy. In addition to her clinical practice, she is also a clinical supervisor and consultant for a variety of professionals and multidisciplinary teams. She has served as Assistant Training Director at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and has been an active board member for the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado and the Sexual Assault Services Organization in Durango. She is currently developing a comprehensive training program in Denver for graduate level students and counselors.

In regards to public speaking, she has presented her clinical work throughout her career. She received an invitation to present her team’s work on self-injury at Harvard and her work on suicide intervention efforts at Stony Brook University in New York. She is a contributing author to Matthew Selekman’s Young Adult and Adolescent Self-Harming Treatment Manual and is a co-author of Traumatized Students: School-Based Interventions for Reaching Under the Surface. She has published numerous articles with the American Counseling Association (including having her own column with ACA) and has published a coping card deck for children and middle schoolers to help build resilience.

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