The Adolescent & Young Adult Self-Harming Treatment Manual: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Brief Therapy Approach

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Overview

A detailed treatment protocol for working with self-harming adolescents and young adults.
Self-harming behavior in young adults and adolescents is one of the most intimidating and challenging presenting problems therapists and healthcare and school professionals face in their practice settings, yet the literature on this behavior remains scant. This workbook, a companion to Selekman’s Working with Self-Harming Adolescents, provides a detailed treatment protocol for working with this challenging population. It is a user-friendly resource book for conducting individual, couple, family, and group therapy with young adult and adolescent self-harming clients. In addition, it presents a plethora of highly effective therapeutic strategies and interventions and practice guidelines. This manual will help both highly seasoned and beginning therapists feel more confident and competent working with young adult and adolescent self-harming clients.

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Editorial Reviews

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
“[A]n excellent source for up-to-date clinically and empirically validated treatment strategies….dispels myths, provides a thorough overview of the causes and mental disorders associated with self-harm, and offers highly applicable therapeutic approaches to understanding, and treating self-harming behaviors….Although written for mental health professionals and students, there is something for everyone.”
Lynn Hoffman
“Matthew Selekman's treatment manual is a big, chewy plumcake of a book. The treatment model, collaborative strengths-based brief family therapy, spreads out to touch many aspects of the social ecology. A grateful clinical audience can generalize from this book to almost any other type of dilemma. Whether forming 'solution-oriented parenting groups,' or 'stress-busters leadership groups,' or using an 'imaginary time machine' to bring back the best from the past, or inventing a 'mind kaleidoscope' for looking for alternative explanations, Selekman continually surprises us.”
Janis Whitlock
“Matthew Selekman provides an array of incredibly useful tools for therapists, parents, and professionals aiming to understand and positively intervene with self-harming youth. Well grounded in both science and practical wisdom, this book is a treasure chest of approaches, activities, and examples for helping individuals identify and use their strengths to overcome self-injury. Though written with clinical settings in mind, the ideas contained here are a gift to anyone endeavoring to help young people actively thrive.”
Mark Beyebach
“Clinically brilliant, rooted in up-to-date research, and deeply respectful of clients and their families, this book is a valuable toolbox for professionals. Matthew Selekman offers a creative and integrative approach for the comprehensive treatment of self-harm, but also a template for a truly collaborative practice with any troubled adolescent and his or her family. This is a must-read for any professional working with self-harming adolescents, and a valuable resource for any family therapy student or practitioner.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705676
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/13/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 325
  • Sales rank: 723,781
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, LCSW, is a family therapist in private practice and the co-director of Partners for Collaborative Solutions, an international family therapy training and consulting practice. He is the author of Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents (Second Edition), Solution-Focused Therapy with Children: Harnessing Family Strengths for Systemic Change, and Family Therapy Approaches with Adolescent Substance Abusers.

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