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Professor Ellen Townsend

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Developing the Card Sort Task for Self-harm as a clinical assessment and intervention tool for frontline services with young people


The problem: Self-harm is a complex clinical issue that many frontline workers find extremely challenging and stressful. Training is patchy, piecemeal and often not evidence-based. The extant literature on assessment for self-harm suggests that psychosocial assessment is beneficial in preventing future self-harm but evidence-based tools are lacking.

The solution: We will develop the CaTS into a novel assessment framework – the CATS-AF, a method to support holistic assessment of self-harm in young people in a range of clinical settings. A feasibility and acceptability study will be conducted in the first instance after co-creation of the framework with clinicians and young people.


Children, Young People, and Perinatal Mental Health


University of Nottingham