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 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. 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 recording 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. Watch this digital seminar and build your confidence that you can identify and effectively treat this damaging condition.
|Manual (Part 1) - Child and Adolescent Self-Injury (1.85 MB)||83 Pages||Available after Purchase|
|Manual (Part 2) - Child and Adolescent Self-Injury (5.12 MB)||211 Pages||Available after Purchase|
David Kamen, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist licensed in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, where he works regularly with adults, adolescents, and children who engage in self-injurious behavior. He has worked with professionals and educators through his practice, and through his work in community mental health and emergency room settings. In full-time practice for many years, Dr. Kamen has been counseling self-injurious patients through individual and group therapy formats, using psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and family systems approaches.
Dr. Kamen has also served as a forensic psychologist to address the issues of self-injury in victims of child abuse and neglect. His research has been presented at the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS), the American Psychological Association (APA), Saint Anselm College of Nursing, Continuing Education, and featured in The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, as well as The New Hampshire Trial Bar News. Dr. Kamen has been teaching continuing education workshops on the treatment of self-injury since 2009, and is currently writing a book on self-injury.
Financial: David Kamen has an employment relationship with The Counseling Center of Nashua. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: David Kamen is a member of the American Psychological Association.
The Theory, History and Cultural Origins of Youth Self-Injury
Empirical Review on Youth Self-Injury
Signs of Self-Injury
The Clinical Assessment of Youth Self-Injury
Diagnosing self-injurious behavior
The Treatment of Youth Self-Injury
What You Will Learn
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