Helping teens who cut: How can we help?

Grounded in current research and best practice, this 90-minute workshop will help participants learn about the functions self-harming behaviours serve for teens, how to differentiate these behaviours from suicide attempts, and moreover, what to do (and not do), in order to help. 

Learning Objectives 

Understand the functions of self-harming behaviours in teens 

Differentiate between self-harming behaviours from suicidal behaviors 

Discuss what to do and what not to do in order to help teens who self-harm

Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes



11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

This session is full.


  • DBT Centre of the Fraser Valley
    Ed Chen

    Ed is a BCACC registered, CCPA certified clinical counsellor, and BCACC Approved Clinical Supervisor. Ed has extensive experience in delivering Dialectical Behavior Therapy to high-risk youths and families experiencing concerns such as suicidality, self-harm, impulsivity, depression, anxiety, trauma, and addictions. Ed also has considerable background in DBT program development in government agencies, community services, and schools. Ed’s DBT Program for Young Parents in Schools was recently nominated for a Premier’s Award for innovation.

  • DBT Centre of the Fraser Valley
    PJ Lewis

    PJ is a Registered Clinical (RCC) and Canadian Certified (CCC) Counsellor. PJ has particular expertise in providing individual, group and family treatment to high-risk youth and families experiencing concerns such as suicidality, self-harm, emotional dysregulation, impulsivity, depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and addictions. PJ also has specialized training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), integrating trauma treatment into DBT, and has extensive background in DBT program implementation for youths and adults in government agencies, and community services, school boards, and educational institutions.