Children and adolescents who deliberately inflict physical pain and injury to their bodies vary in terms of their motives and self-harming methods. Feeling shame and embarrassment, these children may privately console themselves, or befriend other self-injurious peers—which can further intensify the lethality and suicidal intent of their acts. As a result professionals who work with youth who self-injure find it to be one of the most challenging of psychological and behavioral issues.
Mental health professionals, pediatricians, school counselors and teachers, and youth workers have all conveyed that they feel ill-equipped to help these children. Further still, self-harming children may be experiencing any number of psychiatric disorders—from Major Depressive Disorder, to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, to bulimia and anorexia, to alcohol and substance abuse.
This recording will thoroughly educate mental and medical health professionals, school counselors and teachers about the assessment and treatment of youth self-injury. Evidenced-based reviews, complete with case examples, will explain the theoretical, historical and cultural reasons for this problem. Practical approaches for individual and group psychotherapy, with resources to help professionals advocate for these children, will be offered.
To help you formulate a comprehensive treatment plan, specific interview questionnaires and note-taking methods will be discussed. Well-established motivational interviewing, family therapy and play therapy techniques will be covered with step-by-step instruction and demonstration. Watch this digital seminar and build your confidence that you can identify and effectively treat this damaging condition.