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Treating Self-Injury, First Edition: A Practical Guide / Edition 1

Treating Self-Injury, First Edition: A Practical Guide / Edition 1

by Barent W. Walsh


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ISBN-13: 9781593859817
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 07/15/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 317
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Barent W. Walsh, PhD, has worked with self-injuring persons since the late 1970s. He is the long-time Executive Director of The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, headquartered in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Bridge consists of over 35 programs serving emotionally disturbed, mentally ill, or developmentally delayed children, adolescents, or adults. These programs emphasize the implementation of evidence-based practice models, including dialectical behavior therapy, illness management and recovery, assertive community treatment, integrated dual disorder treatment, and wraparound services in public sector settings. Dr. Walsh has conducted research, written extensively, and presented internationally on self-injury. He has consulted on this topic at numerous schools, universities, outpatient clinics, group homes, special education programs, psychiatric hospitals, and correctional facilities. He previously taught in the Graduate School of Social Work at both Simmons College and Boston College.

Table of Contents


I. Definition and Contexts

1. Definition, Differentiation from Suicide, and Classification

2. An Overview of Direct and Indirect Self-Harm

3. Major Groups in Which Self-Injury Occurs

4. Body Piercing, Tattooing, Branding, Scarification, and Other Forms of Body Modification

II. Assessment and Treatment

5. A Biopsychosocial Model for Self-Injury

6. Initial Therapeutic Responses

7. Cognitive-Behavioral Assessment

8. Contingency Management

9. Replacement Skills Training

10. Cognitive Treatment

11. Body Image Work

12. Exposure Treatment and Resolution of Trauma

13. Family Treatment

14. Psychopharmacological Treatment, Gordon Harper

15. Managing the Reactions of Therapists and Other Caregivers to Self-Injury

III. Specialized Topics

16. Contagion and Self-Injury

17. A Protocol for Managing Self-Injury in School Settings

18. Treating Major Self-Injury



Appendix A. Breathing Manual

Appendix B. Body Attitudes Scale

Appendix C. Websites Related to Self-Injury

Appendix D. Bill of Rights for People Who Self-Harm


Mental health practitioners working with adolescents and adults, including clinical psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, family therapists, nurses, and school psychologists and counselors. May serve as a supplementary text in graduate-level courses in psychotherapy, clinical practice with adolescents, crisis intervention, and related topics.

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