Self-harm and eating disorders are present in almost every school and they frequently co-occur. This book provides the vital guidance that school staff need to spot early warning signs, understand triggers and support the students in their care effectively.This very practical guide helps educational professionals to gain a better understanding of self-harm and eating disorders by dispelling the myths and misconceptions that surround these behaviours. The book provides advice on whole-school policies and procedures as well as day-to-day strategies to implement in lessons, at mealtimes and in one-on-one sessions. It explains how to respond to disclosures, make referrals and work alongside parents to assist in the road to recovery.
Acknowledgements. Foreword. Preface. 1. Introduction to Eating Disorders and Self-Harm. 2. Overcoming Stigma and Exploring Common Misconceptions. 3. Teaching Students about Self-Harm and Eating Disorders. 4. Why Students Develop Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms. 5. Factors That Put Students at Risk of Eating Disorders and Self-Harm. 6. Early Symptoms of Eating Disorders and Self-Harm. 7. Talking to students causing concern. 8. Responding to Disclosures and Self-Harm Incidents. 9. Working with parents. 10. When and How to Refer a Student for Specialized Support. 11. Supporting Students Who Require Inpatient Care. 12. Day to Day Strategies for Supporting Recovery at School. 13. The Impact of the Internet. 14. Providing One to One Support. 15. Motivational Interviewing as a Tool for Behavior Change. 16. The Road to Recovery. References.