Building a Deeper Understanding of Self-Harm
October 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Did you know that self-harm impacts 14% to 39% of youth? In this advanced course clinicians will grow their understanding of effective interventions for youth who self-harm. Self harm is the result of an inability to cope in healthy ways with psychological pain. Youth may be struggling with feelings of worthlessness, loneliness, panic, anger, shame, rejection, and self-worth. The reasons for self-harm are complex, but some youth self-harm with the following intentions: reduce severe distress or anxiety, distract from painful emotions through physical pain, feel a sense of control over one’s body, to feel something when feeling empty or numb, express internal feelings in an external way, communicate depression or distressing feelings to others, be punished for perceived failings. Youth struggle with self harm because they haven’t had an opportunity to development foundational skills. This session will support clinicians in identifying and delivering evidence-based treatments for self-harm.