By Amelio A. D'Onofrio PhD

"A invaluable advent should you paintings with formative years who perform self-injurious behaviors. Serves as a reminder that an important therapeutic point is the healing courting with the healer." -PsycCRITIQUES Adolescent Self-Injury is exclusive in providing: specific dialogue of the advanced trauma and its dating to self-injury certain overview protocol for use in academic settings A bankruptcy on developing pathways to care in faculties and on university campuses during this actually finished consultant, Dr. D'Onofrio ways the subject of the way first-responders deal with adolescent self-injury. The e-book discusses a few fundamentals, akin to what constitutes self-injury and the way to have interaction a young person with those matters. The chapters define easy methods to realize, deal with, and strategy this disease, and comprise first-person tales from psychologists, lecturers, and children themselves. (20080721)

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I’ve felt confused about how to handle these situations. I often feel incompetent in knowing what the right thing to do is. And that pisses me off. I think what gets in the way for me sometimes is that, frankly, I’m a little freaked out by someone cutting themselves on purpose. And, I know I’m not supposed to feel scared, right? I’m the student’s counselor. But I do, and it makes me want to avoid the situation altogether. This reaction is typical of counselors and other health care professionals on the frontlines.

Self-injury has a very practical purpose—to restore emotional homeostasis—and for that purpose, it works—albeit only for the moment. When deprived of this outlet, the self-injurer is often likely to become increasingly panicked, disorganized, and even further distressed (Conterio & Lader, 1998). WHAT CONSTITUTES SELF-INJURY? , wrist and body cutting or self-inflicted cigarette burns) (Connors, 2000; Turp, 2003; Walsh & Rosen, 1988). It is important to distinguish these various behaviors in terms of the direct or indirect harm they cause as well as in terms of whether the individual’s behavior is intended to be harmful or is primarily a reflection of the cultural phenomenon of selfexpression through body art and piercings (Walsh, 2006).

To this point, Farber (2000) comments that American culture’s “thrust toward promoting self-sufficiency and independence, may well thwart the strong and intimate attachments that children need. . Preadolescents and adolescents more often than not come home from school to empty houses at a phase of their development when their need for parental attention and supervision is greater than most parents realize. Even with the best intentions, we may be producing and raising generations of touch-deprived and security-deprived children who are more vulnerable to abuse by others” (p.

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