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Karen Taylor

Karen worked in NHS in England with both older people and adults of working age as an RMN. She has personal experience of designing, implementing and managing innovative community care services. After leaving worked with Ron Coleman bringing the hearing voices and recovery approach to many Countries . She put all her experiences into running recovery house projects, her learning on working with psychosis is rooted in practice and living with a voice hearer for 21 years. Recovery from psychosis is possible for everyone, people can learn to understand their experience and move on. Karen has experience in working with families and believes real healing occurs when dialogue happens. Karen has co-authored the workbook, ‘Working to Recovery’ Based in Scotland, Karen is Director of ‘Working to Recovery Ltd'. She also has a Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness and is a trained spiritual companion. This has led to her setting up Midwife of the Soul.

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About this course

This course is for anyone who is interested in self injury and self harm.  The course has been designed for people who self-injure, family/friends wanting to support people who self-injure and workers/services in the area of self injury.  

Although this course is about understanding self-injury, it is not so much about exploring self-injury, techniques and tools to support people who self injure, but instead the course focuses on exploring self injury at a deeper level, enabling students to find ways to work with the person who self injures or for people who self injure to work with those trying to support them.  Apart from at the start of the course, when students are invited to look at their views on self injury, the remaining focus of the course is not on self injury, instead about values, empowerment and relationships.

The course is split into 6 Lessons - 

Lesson 1 – Introductions to Self Injury

Lesson 2 – The Importance of Values

Lesson 3 – The Importance of Empowerment

Lesson 4 – Support / Risk

Lesson 5 – Moving Towards Recovery

Lesson 6 – Taking Learning forward into Life


Learning Outcomes:

  • Consider what is meant by the term ‘self-injury’.
  • Explore the challenges, frustrations and good practices around self-injury.
  • Confront the challenges and barriers of keeping self-injury hidden/secret
  • Drawing on your own experiences, explore what is meant by values and look at your own personal values.
  • Develop an understanding of why values are so important.
  • Examine in depth the importance of empowerment, the three keys to empowerment and how to develop empowerment in relationships.
  • Explore the areas of risk and support in relation to self-injury.
  • Look behind self-injury and ways to move forward towards recovery.
  • Reflect you learning through the whole course and think about how to take your learning forward into your life and practice.