Programmes, Courses and Workshop

FLASH – 10 weeks course

Who is it for?

This is a group for parents and carers of young people aged 11-18 years old who are exhibiting self-harming behaviour. Any adult who has shared responsibility for bringing up a child can attend the group, including step-parents, grandparents, and childminders. We welcome parents on their own or with their partners.

What does the course cover?

The group aims to create better communication and personal relationships between parent/carers and young people.  FLASH allows parents the opportunity to discuss the problem with people who understand and learn how to manage the concerns within your home.

It will include

How many sessions?

Flash is a 10-week course, run weekly for two hours. We will provide snacks and refreshments



Families Learning About Self Harm


The FLASH course is for parents, carers and any family member or friend involved in the care and support of a young person aged 11-19 who is self-harming. This course was the first to be run in Hertfordshire and we had some amazing feedback:


If I could attend the course every week I would. I came away each week feeling a little more sane. The help was a godsend. The openness and understanding from the leaders were incredible. Felt heard. Felt supported. I didn’t want to stop. Wonderful, wonderful leaders. Thank you so much.

Thank you for an informative and enjoyable course. For future courses it might be easier for some people if it was during school hours as I have a couple of friends who would have liked to attend, but it is too late in the day

This course has been invaluable. I have learnt so much and received practical advice. I can’t recommend it highly enough

I have been able to transfer relevant skills to help others facing challenges that do not include self-harm. This course has been engaging, informative and knowledgeable trainers. What I have learned and how I have changed during this course has changed my life and that of my family for the better.

The communication skills and language and understanding of how to better support self-harm has given my child a language to be able to communicate about self-harm and I feel confident about helping others to understand why he does it. This course has created a personal support network for self-harm that I did not have before.

The course has been very useful and a positive, if emotional experience. It has helped give me time to reflect on situations within the family unit where reactions had become stuck and unhelpful. Through practicing different strategies discussed on the course and approaching situations different.

I feel that our situation has changed for the better with improved communication with every member of our family, not just between me and my daughter. Thank you

Thank you so much – it has been amazing and changed my family forever. To know that ‘its ok’ has been the biggest thing I have come away with. You guys are amazing, and I am really going to miss my weekly therapy sessions with you both (plus the coffee and biscuits!) Good luck in the future and hope to cross paths again soon . Thank you x

I feel less embarrassed and more empowered. This course was well structured and kept at a pace where all felt able to contribute and understand. The knowledge of the facilitators was evident from week 1 and that meant you felt less judged right from the start.

The information given to take home helped to refresh your thoughts.

The strategies and guidance have been invaluable. The items on the table each week for everyone, the cheese and biscuits and the supper evening was such an amazing treat and much appreciated. The course numbers and venue were great with easy parking. I feel inspired to help others. I would have paid double for this course. Sincere heartfelt thanks

Both Nikki and Leigh are extremely professional and respectful, but also have created a safe and often fun environment. Extremely skilled at what they do – thank you for everything!

I have learned a huge amount about how I respond and have accepted that I cannot change her behaviours – only my own. I still feel frustrated, but I no longer blame myself or my daughter. I really hope that this course will be more widely available – I have spoken to many people about it and how it has empowered me as a parent. Thank you do much.

Thank you.

I don’t know where to start. This course has given me so much. Along with helping my family I have become stronger and more understanding and found friendships with like-minded people.

Amazing – should be offered to more parents. Thank you Ollie Foundation for making it affordable



Some lovely gifts from the parents attending FLASH (sorry ladies, I was unable to upload the flowers and card you gave me)



Thank you so much for all your wise word, tips and support.  It will help as we walk this path!

Love St. Albans Flash Mums XXX


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