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

More than ever educators are being tasked with how to intervene with students engaged in self-injury and suicidal behaviors.


Overlooking emotional problems in the school can lead to grave consequences for students, parents and educators. Many students experience emotional or mental health issues at some point in their academic careers. For some students, these issues can escalate into severe behaviors – behaviors that are harmful to the student and/or to others. 


Kim Johancen will provide straightforward insights, innovative strategies and “how-to-handle” tips for real cases in classrooms and schools. Interpreting mental health behaviors according to intensity, frequency, duration and impact will also be addressed – including what to do when a student has moved into a crisis phase. Participants will develop an understanding of critical mental health issues in a way that will help both educators and students in their classrooms and schools.

Earn 6 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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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


See What Attendees Have to Say

"This was a great seminar. I didn't want it to stop! The strategies provided were extremely helpful. I'm so glad I was able to attend."
Middle School Teacher
Sacramento, CA
"This is the most engaging training I've been to in 10 years. The presenter's passion for others is remarkable and the information provided was extremely helpful and relevant."
High School Counselor
Cincinnati, OH
"I learned many very practical and research-based strategies and activities I can use with my students. The presenter is clearly extremely knowledge about mental health challenges our students face."
High School Principal
St. Louis, MO
"The presenter provided practical intervention strategies that can be used in a school setting. This was an awesome training!"
Middle School Counselor
New Orleans, LA



Kim Johancen, M.A., LPC

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Kim Johancen, M.A., LPC

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

Kim Johancen, M.A., LPC is a Denver-based author and therapist who has developed specialties that include working with people at risk of suicide, survivors of suicide loss, and individuals struggling with self-injury. She has worked extensively with both adolescent and adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Her ability to work with people who have experienced grief and loss extends throughout her career and she remains committed to helping people resolve their post-trauma symptoms along with the events that fuel them. Over the last several years she has developed a passion for working with families through divorce. She utilizes a variety of approaches including Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Kim is at heart a strengths-based therapist. She has presented her work on self-injury at Harvard University and her work with suicidal patients at Stony Brook University in New York. She recently co-authored a book for educators entitled Traumatized Students: School-Based Interventions for Reaching Under the Surface. She has also published Coping Cards: Featuring The Planet Pals – a card deck for elementary school-aged children to help build resilience.



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