A strengths-based group program on self-harm: A feasibility study
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Every day in Queensland, Australia, student services within schools are responding to children who have deliberately self-injured. Although school nurses are in a prime position to effectively intervene, mitigate risk, and promote healthy self-caring behaviors, no programs that focus specifically on self-harm currently exist. This feasibility study of a program to assist young people find safer alternatives to self-harm canvassed opinions of 12 school nurses in secondary schools on the Sunshine Coast in 2009. Participants showed strong support and reported that the program was much needed; had an innovative, strengths-oriented approach; incorporated an essential training component; would likely be engaging for young people; and was in appropriate format. Perceived challenges to implementation included garnering support from the school community and educational stakeholders and recruiting young people most likely to benefit. Suggested changes included providing a youth-friendly name for the program and formalizing inclusion criteria to select appropriate group members.
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