Adolescent Self-Injury

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Adolescent Self-Injury

SKU# 9780826102782

A Comprehensive Guide for Counselors and Health Care Professionals

Author: Amelio D'Onofrio PhD


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In this truly comprehensive guide, Dr. D'Onofrio approaches the topic of how first-responders, such as teachers, coaches, social workers, guidance counselors, and campus health counselors, can and do treat adolescent self-injury. From examinations of the core social and emotional issues related to self-injury to the integration of understanding with practice, everything needed for comprehensive care is detailed in this volume.

Each part of the book focuses on a basic topic, such as what constitutes self-injury, the foundations for self-injury, and how to engage an adolescent with these issues. Each issue is presented in straightforward chapters that are immediately accessible to those who are currently struggling to address this growing trend among teens. The chapters within each part delve into how to recognize, treat, and approach this illness and incorporate first-person stories from psychologists, teachers, and adolescents themselves.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 15, 2007
  • Page Count 248
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826102782
  • EISBN 9780826103062

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Table of Contents 

    Part I: The Nature and Paradox of Self-Injury
  1. Introduction: Self-Injury on the Frontlines
  2. The Context and Features of Adolescent Self-Injury
  3. The Experience of Trauma and the Foundations for Self-Injury
  4. The Developmental Effects of Complex Trauma
  5. The Phenomenology of Self-Injury: The Attempt to Turn Pain into Self-Healing

  6. Part II: Engagement, Assessment, and Treatment
  7. Engaging the Self-Injurer: Making Contact with the Person Behind the Behavior
  8. Assessing Self-injury and the Self-Injurious Adolescent
  9. From Self-Injury to Health: An Overview of the Treatment Process

  10. Part III: Creating Pathways to Care
  11. Managing Self-injury in the School and on the College Campus
  12. Epilogue: A Voice of Hope in the Face of Suffering

  13. Appendix I: Bill of Rights for People Who Self-Harm
    Appendix II: Recommended Further Reading
    Appendix III: Internet Resources

Editorial Review(s) 

The number of students who self-injure has indeed grown exponentially. The phenomenon is rapidly becoming one of the most common problems school psychologists must deal with.Donofrio has written a wide-ranging book on the concept, etiologies, and approaches to the accurate diagnosis, understanding, and effective treatment of self-injury..He presents research findings regarding etiologies and treatment approaches in a remarkably jargon-free manner.Extremely useful.Donofrio presents excellent information.After mastering the relevant materials in this book, the school psychologist can be the first person to really hear the students pain and respond effectively, humanely, and competently. -- Communique