Unfortunately, non-suicidal self-injury is common – about 1 in 7 students reports engaging in the behavior. NSSI is associated with deteriorating academic performance, being bullied, and poor social connectedness. And studies indicate that the behavior often starts before the teen years.
While the goal of a suicide attempt is to end life, the goal of NSSI is actually to gain relief from the emotional turmoil precipitating the behavior. And because self-injury often provides immediate relief, the behavior is often repeated – leaving students with physical and emotional scars that can last for a long time.
Kim Johancen, LPC, is a Colorado-based counselor who works extensively with students who engage in self-injurious behavior. She will explore signs of, and factors that may contribute to NSSI during this 90-minute interactive webinar. Calling on her unique experience, she will dispel myths associated with self-injury. She will illustrate that students who self-injure may be diagnosable with a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression or PTSD – but may also have no underlying disorder. She will discuss the possible backlash of self-injury such as rejection and shame. Further, using actual case studies from her practice, she will share practices and strategies to use with students to help them cope, find replacement behaviors, gain new perspectives, enhance relationships and build resiliency.
Counselors, teachers, administrators, social workers, psychologist, interventionists and other educators will benefit from understanding why students self-injure, how NSSI impacts them, and how the behavior can be discouraged and/or prevented.
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(Thursday) 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm