Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut: Learning to Understand and Help Those Who Self-Injure [NOOK Book]

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You may have noticed them---the kids who are hiding their pain under long sleeves or wristbands. Or you might never notice them---the ones who seem to have life together except for the deep secret that they keep hidden beneath their clothes. This is no longer a fringe issue that occurs only in the most extreme cases. The truth is that many teens today are dealing with their emotional pain by inflicting physical pain upon themselves, whether we ...
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Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut: Learning to Understand and Help Those Who Self-Injure

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Overview

You may have noticed them---the kids who are hiding their pain under long sleeves or wristbands. Or you might never notice them---the ones who seem to have life together except for the deep secret that they keep hidden beneath their clothes. This is no longer a fringe issue that occurs only in the most extreme cases. The truth is that many teens today are dealing with their emotional pain by inflicting physical pain upon themselves, whether we can see it on the surface or not.

While we may never fully understand the motives behind self-mutilation and cutting, we can begin to understand why some teens cut, and more importantly, we can learn how to help. Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut will take you into the world of self-injury, defining what it is---and what it is not. You'll hear stories from teens and young adults who struggle with the urge to hurt themselves, and you'll learn to recognize the signs of self-injury. In addition, counselor and professor, Marv Penner will help you understand the cycle of addiction, that has become everyday life for so many hurting teens, and he'll give you the tools and wisdom to help a self-injurer find hope and healing.

Whether you know someone who is cutting, or you are struggling with this addiction yourself, Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut is something you want to have in your 'first-aid' kit.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rachelle Bilz
Millions of troubled teenagers cut, burn, bruise, and otherwise self-injure. Penner, a youth counselor for more than thirty years, writes this guide to help teens and the people (peers and adults) who are trying to help them. Penner defines self-injury as "managing chronic and overwhelming emotional pain through the use of self-inflicted, short-term physical pain." Written with honesty and compassion, this book clearly explains self-injury and delineates concrete ways to identify and treat this behavior. Penner writes from a "faith-based" point of view and frequently cites biblical passages to provide support for both the counselor and the self-injuring teen, but he does not proselytize. Penner employs sound psychological counseling theories and methods that will benefit readers regardless of religious belief. Special sections throughout each chapter specifically addressed to the self-injurer (Am I Talking to You?), friends and counselors (A Hint for Helpers), and parents (A Point for Parents) are cogent and helpful. Specific signs of self-injury, reasons underlying the behavior, and diagrams showing the patterns of addiction are beneficial to the reader. The appendix is full of useful information such as Web sites, organizations, and a list for further reading. This valuable resource about the subject of self-injury provides solid information to both teens and adults looking for advice and counsel about this behavior. Reviewer: Rachelle Bilz
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310569558
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 468,136
  • File size: 617 KB

Meet the Author

Marv Penner is a youth ministry expert with more than 30 years in the field, chairs the youth and family ministry department at Briercrest Graduate School in Saskatchewan, Canada. He's also director of the Canadian Centre of Adolescent Research and author of 'The Youth Worker's Guide to Parent Ministry' and 'Help! My Kids Are Hurting.' SPANISH BIO: Marv Penner preside el departamento del ministerio con adolescentes en el Briercrest Graduate School de Saskatchewan. Tambien dirige el Centro Canadiense para investigacion sobre Adolescentes, y es miembro del equipo de entrenamiento de Especialidades Juveniles.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     9
Welcome to a World of Hurt     15
Why Would You (Should You) Care About Kids Who Cut?     27
You Do What??? Defining Self-Injury     31
Just for the Record: What Self-Injury is Not     35
Too Hot for Long Sleeves? Recognizing the Signs     47
What are They Thinking?     55
The {dollar}1,000,000 Question: Why?     65
Hurts So Bad: The Pain That Drives Self-Injury     83
It Just Happens: Understanding the Cycle of Addiction     97
Don't Try to Make Me! Why They Can't/Won't Stop     107
Helping Self-Injurers Find Hope and Healing     123
Epilogue     141
Benediction     143
The Bill of Rights for Those Who Self-Harm     145
Web Sites and Organizations     149
For Further Reading     153
Cut, A Play for Reader's Theater by Dave Tippett     157
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