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Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults $15.00
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Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults

Intentional self-harming behaviors are a common, though maladaptive, coping strategy used by many youth. As such, clinicians commonly encounter such behaviors while treating young people with mental health disorders. Unfortunately, many clinicians lack adequate training to effectively address these behaviors and resort to ineffective approaches. The lack of confidence to intervene effectively, coupled with limited understanding about the function of self-harm, often translates to negative attitudes among healthcare providers toward individuals who engage in self-injury. Such individuals may be viewed with hostility or assumed to be manipulative or attention-seeking. Providers have also assumed that individuals who self-injure are “time wasters” and will continue to engage in the behavior even if concerted efforts to intervene are made (Shaw & Sandy, 2016). Obviously, such attitudes have tremendous potential to negatively impact the therapeutic relationship, and ultimately, treatment outcomes for individuals who engage in self-injurious behaviors. This course is designed to help licensed clinicians understand why children, adolescents, and transitional age youth engage in nonsuicidal self-injury. You will learn to recognize “red flags” for nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) as well as methods to thoroughly assess the unique function and consequences that maintain self-injurious behaviors in your clients. Lastly, you will understand the best methods to help young people overcome urges to deliberately harm themselves. DSM™ and DSM-5™ are registered trademarks of the American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychiatric Association is not affiliated with nor endorses this course.
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Nonsuicidal Self-Injury in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults
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