Assessing and Treating Self-Injury

Conference: 2015 Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention — Pathway to Suicide Prevention: Working Toward Zero Suicide in Maine

Thursday, May 07, 2015
University of Southern Maine, Portland Workshop/Presentation: B3: Understanding the Functions of Self Injury and its Relationship to Suicide
Michael R. Hollander, PhD

Non-suicidal self-injury in adolescents is a serious behavior in its own right but its relationship to suicide makes it crucial that clinicians understand the function of the behavior and have the clinical tools to treat the behavior. Drawing on years of clinical practice and the latest research, Dr. Hollander will demonstrate how overwhelming emotions lead some teens to hurt themselves, and how various treatments–chief among them dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)–can provide effective routes to wellness.