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Seminar Child and Adolescent Self-Injury Practical Assessment and Treatment Approaches Seminar

Presented by Vyne Education

Vyne Health Care Seminars

Bring this seminar on-site to your facility for groups of 20 or more.

Discuss self-injury etiology, assessment and intervention/prevention issues for children and adolescents. Included will be approaches that can be utilized in hospital, therapy room, school and community settings.

Course Description/Agenda

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, studies show that 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. The incidence of youth self-injury has risen in our schools and homes, affecting all socioeconomic classes. 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 seminar 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. Participants will leave this seminar confident that they can identify and quickly treat this damaging condition.

Do you work with children who deliberately hurt themselves? Are they cutters? Do they burn or pierce their bodies? Pull out their hair, bang their heads or compulsively pick at their skin or face? Starve or purge to the point of bulimia or anorexia? Do you understand why? Do you know what to do?

  • Discover how to complete emergency triage, behavioral functional analysis, clinical interview and mental status examination of children who self-injure
  • Learn the risk factors and protective factors that stop children from hurting themselves
  • Obtain specific clinical interview questionnaires and note-taking guides, with step-by-step instructions to evaluate and treat children who self-injure
  • Discover motivational interviewing and exposure therapy, as well as innovative art, journaling, music, Internet and "no talk" play therapy techniques
  • Learn step-by-step methods to establish and maintain rapport, motivate and effectively help these children and their families
  • Examine the historical, cultural and theoretical perspectives on youth self-injury
  • Outline the spectrum of self-injurious behaviors in children and adolescents
  • Recognize and be able to distinguish between suicidal, para-suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behavior in children and adolescents
  • Discuss self-injury etiology, assessment and intervention/prevention issues
  • Understand the psychiatric disorders of the children who self-injure
  • Examine evidence-based reviews and practical approaches for the hospital, therapy room, school and community
  • Discover how to use play therapy, including art therapy, sand-tray therapy, journaling methods, music and crafts to build self-esteem and confidence in youth who self-injure
  • Discover ethical risk-management methods, to effectively advocate for youth who self-injure, to minimize professional risks and maximize outcome for your clients

What You'll Learn

What People Are Saying About the Class

"One of the finest continuing education seminars I have attended in the last two decades." - Paul O'Flaherty, Psychologist, Hagerstown, MD

"Excellent seminar. Very informative with TONS of practical strategies to use in everyday practice." - Anita Soulsby, LPC, Wilkes-Barre, PA

"Kamen was awesome! I would definitely attend other workshops by him—very hands-on and interactive!" - Yal Chittalia, LPC, Wilkes-Barre, PA

"This was an outstanding workshop. It should be presented often, as it is very much needed." - Janet Neer, LCSW, Baltimore, MD

"Dr. Kamen is a true clinician—it was a pleasure to learn from him! He had a lovely manner and interaction with the participants." - Deborah Gilman, Psychologist, Fairfax, VA


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Course Summary

Discuss self-injury etiology, assessment and intervention/prevention issues for children and adolescents. Included will be approaches that can be utilized in hospital, therapy room, school and community settings.

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Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists, School Guidance Counselors, Case Managers, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Drug and Alcohol Counselors, Pediatricians, Emergency Room Primary Care Physicians, Emergency Room Nurses, Psychiatric Nurses, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, School Teachers , Child Protective Service Staff, Pastoral Counselors/Clergy

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