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1. Treating Self-Injury: A Practical
2. Bleeding to Ease the Pain: Cutting,
3. Freedom from Selfharm: Overcoming
4. Self-Injury in Youth: The Essential
5. Self-Injury Disorder (Compact
6. When Your Child Is Cutting: A
7. Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding
8. Self-Injury: When Pain Feels Good
9. Understanding Nonsuicidal Self-Injury:
10. Sports Injuries: A Unique Guide
11. Scars That Wound, Scars That Heal:
12. Adolescent Self-Injury: A Comprehensive
13. Cutting and Self-Injury (Straight
14. Identifying, Assessing, and Treating
15. Women Living With Self-Injury
17. Self-injuries: Webster's Timeline
18. Sports Injuries: A Self-Help Guide
19. Sport Injuries: A Unique Guide
20. Working with Self-injury: A Practical

1. Treating Self-Injury: A Practical Guide
by Barent W. Walsh PhD
Paperback: 317 Pages (2008-06-19)
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Asin: 1593859813
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Uniquely practical and comprehensive, this timely guide addresses a problem that is on the rise, particularly among adolescents and young adults. Practitioners gain a wealth of knowledge about the variety and causes of self-injurious behavior and how to recognize it in people at risk, ranging from those who do not have psychiatric diagnoses to those with eating or mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, or psychoses. Illustrated with detailed case examples, clear guidelines are presented for assessing clients and conducting evidence-based interventions using replacement skills training, cognitive-behavioral therapy, exposure treatment, psychopharmacology, and family- and school-based strategies. Reproducible clinical materials are included.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for Self Injury-a bit pricey, but worth it!
This book by Barent Walsh is an excellent resource for understanding the many facets of Self Injury (SI), and for being able to move beyond SI as a means of coping.It contains case studies--real life situations with a variety/diversity of ages, genders and backgrounds.Walsh writes for the clinician, but this book is a gem for those who struggle with SI and for those who want to help/treat/support those who struggle with SI.It is a mature and compassionate book.While the price may present as prohibitive (a bit pricey), it's worth every penny.The book is up-to-date, practical and proves insightful into seemingly confusing behaviors.I highly recommend this book, along with Robin Collins, Dusty Miller, et al...

5-0 out of 5 stars Valuable resource for understanding and treating self-injury
In the first part of this accessible and comprehensive work, Barent does a sterling job of distinguishing the difference between self-injury and body alterations (tattoos, piercing, brands, etc.) and self-injury and suicide.Echoing my own view, he also presents a strong case for steering clear of suicidal language when referring to self-injury, for example, terms such as "attempted suicide," "suicidal gesture," and "parasuicide."

The main thrust of the book is on assessment and treatment of self-injury, for which Barent proposes an inspiring bio-cognitive-behavioural approach.Topics addressed in Part Two include contingency management, replacement skills training, cognitive treatment, body image work, exposure treatment and resolution of trauma, family treatment, psychopharmacological treatment, and managing the reactions of therapists and other caregivers to self-injury.

Later chapters deal with specific issues such as self-injury contagion, managing self-injury in school settings, and treating major self-injury.

Overall, Barent has done a masterful job of blending facts, theories, case examples, and practical exercises to create an engaging and thorough guide to understanding, assessment, and treatment of self-injury.This excellent resource deserves a well-earned place on the bookshelves of mental health practitioners, researchers, and anyone else interested in this challenging and complex behaviour.

Jan Sutton
Author of Healing the Hurt Within: Understand Self-Injury and Self-Harm, and Heal the Emotional Wounds

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Text For Therapists and Those Seeking Help
There are many self-help paperbacks already published on self-injury that are readable, helpful and under $15. "Treating Self-Injury" is written like a textbook but it is the most organized and comprehensive of all that I have seen. I would recommend it especially for school personnel or therapists who have little experience with "cutters" or those who cope through other forms of self-injury. The text would aid senior clinicians in intergrating various models into a coherent approach for treatment. The author wrote one of the first books that brought self-injury out of the medical closet, "Self-Mutilation: Theory, Research and Treatment" (1988).

Too many times, self-injury is confused with suicidal ideation and this book helps to dispell a lot of old myths. Mr. Walsh has done considerable research in synthesizing what has already has been written and wrote a "bill of rights for people who self-harm" against those myths. This is not a book that will be read in one sitting but one that the reader can consult and review. A more readable approach, though more narrow and less comprehensive, is "Cutting" (1999) by Steve Levonkron (as a matter of full disclosure, I once did a conference with Mr. Levenkron years ago). "A Bright Red Scream" (1998) by Marlee Strong remains the classic in this field. ... Read more

2. Bleeding to Ease the Pain: Cutting, Self-Injury, and the Adolescent Search for Self (Abnormal Psychology)
by Lori G. Plante
Paperback: 206 Pages (2010-06-16)
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Asin: 1442203943
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Parents, teachers, friends, and even many clinicians are both horrified and mystified upon discovering teenagers who intentionally cut, burn, and otherwise inflict pain upon themselves. Despite the medical issues that often accompany cutting and other forms of self-injury, cutting is increasingly prevalent among today's youth. As many as 1 in 100 adolescents report cutting themselves, representing a growing epidemic of scarred and tormented youths, as we see in this revealing work. In this book, Plante features the stories of self-injurers and helps readers understand this troubling trend, the meaning of the injuries, and how to help teens with their struggles. The author, a psychologist, a parent, and a Stanford University Medical School faculty member, explains in clear detail how cutters and the adults who love them can heal the pain and stop self-injury. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Stupid.
This horid book was retarted. I hated it. And I hate people who write books about people who self injure like they know SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much about the subject. They dont know anything. This book dissapointed mee. I wasted muhh money. Word of advice. Do not waste 40 dollars to buy this book with no insight on kindle. Seriously.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, requied reading for parents, teachers and therapists
A brilliantly readable book that is neither pop-psychology nor esoteric medical literature, but rather theclear-eyed insights of an experienced practitioner with sound and articulate advice to providers, teachers and parents. Shoudl be required reading for anyone dealing with adolescents who are cutting or engaging in non-suicidal self-harm. ... Read more

3. Freedom from Selfharm: Overcoming Self-Injury with Skills from DBT and Other Treatments
by Kim Gratz, Alexander Chapman
Paperback: 280 Pages (2009-05-01)
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Asin: 1572246162
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Self-injury can be as addictive as any drug, and the secrecy and shame many sufferers feel about this behavior can keep them feeling trapped. But if you're ready to replace self-harm with a set of healthy coping skills, this compassionate and practical book can help.

This complete guide to stopping self-injury gives you the facts about self-harm, corrects common myths about this behavior, and provides self-soothing techniques you can begin using right away for regulating difficult or overwhelming emotions. Freedom from Self-Harm also includes self-assessment worksheets, guidance for seeking professional help, and information about the most effective therapies and medications. Drawn from treatments such as dialectical behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, the tools in this book can help you cope with your emotions whenever you feel the urge to self-harm.

"Alexander Chapman and Kim Gratz are two of the very best in this field."
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4-0 out of 5 stars A beginner's guide
This book would be a great starting point if you self-harm but don't really know much about the behaviour, how to get treatment, or what you can do to help yourself. If you already have a lot of information and are looking for a comprehensive self-help guide, it's probably not the best option.

The book is divided into three parts: information on self-harm (which is the longest section), treatments and how to access them, and self-help strategies. The authors' reasoning is that being well informed is an important part of the recovery process. I agree with this, but there are plenty of good information sources out there already, and from the synopsis I had been expecting more of a self-help workbook.

What I liked: The authors are very understanding and nonjudgemental, and the book is easy to understand. The treatment section was fascinating, and included details of some very new but promising-looking therapies. The book is an excellent overview of self-harm and the things that can help, making it ideal for someone who is "new" to self-harm.

What I didn't like: The self-help techniques are not described in as much detail as they could be. Given the title of the book, I felt more space could have been devoted to DBT and other skills. The very simple language feels patronising at times. And I'm not sure how helpful the treatment section will be to the average reader without any specialist self-harm programmes in their area.

Overall, I would recommend this if it's the first book on self-harm you're buying, and you need general information, or would be too overwhelmed by a full-on workbook. If you're looking for more comprehensive self-help, I'd recommend the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workbook, although it isn't specifically about self-harm.

Finally, a note on the previous review. Freedom From Self-Harm is by no means an exclusively DBT book. Although the self-help techniques are derived largely from DBT, the treatment section covers many approaches including interpersonal therapy and mentalisation-based therapy, and explains each in an unbiased way. The authors stress the importance of finding an approach that works for you, and that this will not be the same for everyone. They discuss understanding the reasons why you self-harm, and coming to terms with issues from your past. So if you're not sure DBT is the best approach for you, don't let that put you off this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars The DBT Sham
The book "Freedom from Selfharm: Overcoming Self-Injury with Skills from DBT and Other Treatments" becomes a sham when practicing DBT. I have wasted so much time in DBT programs. Dialectical Behavior Therapy relies on the here and now, trying to alleviate urges, ideations, in the moment. DBT is a band-aid for the incapacitating emotions and urges some people have. DBT is not designed to get at the root cause of a participants condition; it is designed to ignore the past, where a lot of dysfunction occurred. I say again, watch out for this "therapeutic" program in the future.
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4. Self-Injury in Youth: The Essential Guide to Assessment and Intervention
Hardcover: 368 Pages (2008-07-11)
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This edited volume features evidence-based reviews and practical approaches for the professional in the hospital, clinic, community and school, with case examples throughout. Divided into five major sections, the book offers background historical and cultural information, discussion of self-injury etiology, assessment and intervention/prevention issues, and relevant resources for those working with youths who self-injure. ... Read more

5. Self-Injury Disorder (Compact Research Diseases and Disorders)
by Peggy J. Parks
Library Binding: 96 Pages (2010-08)
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6. When Your Child Is Cutting: A Parent's Guide to Helping Children Overcome Self-injury
by Merry E., Ph.D. McVey-Noble, Sony, Ph.D. Khemlani-Patel, Fugen Neziroglu
Paperback: 167 Pages (2006-06-06)
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Asin: 1572244372
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A Compassionate Guide for Parents

As a parent, what’s harder to deal with than seeing your child in pain? It’s especially frustrating when you feel like you’ve exhausted the resources you could use to help him or her stop hurting. And if your child is cutting or engaging in another form of self-injury, a behavior that you simply can’t make any sense of in the first place, this feeling of helplessness can be unbearable.

This book offers you information and advice for dealing with a child who is hurting him or herself. Learn why self-injury happens, how to identify it, and how to address this sensitive topic with calm and confidence. Follow the book’s clear and simple plan for communicating with your child about this problem. Connect with the best kinds of professional help to get him or her through this painful time. Above all, rely on this compassionate and clinically sound book to give you the one thing you really need when your child is in pain—hope.

· Learn about the causes and effects of self-injury· Identify the signs of self-harm· Communicate effectively with a child who is hurting him or herself· Choose the best professional help · Support your child’s recovery

"When Your Child Is Cutting is an excellent resource for both parents and professionals. It presents the facts about cutting and how to manage this problem. It is written in an accessible and readable format. The book takes a good deal of the fear out of dealing with cutting behaviors and provides a needed appendix of frequently asked questions. This text is pragmatic and to the point and can be of real help to many concerned parents and health service providers."—Robert W. Motta, Ph.D., ABPP, director of the Doctoral Program in School-Community Psychology at Hofstra University ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars satisfied
This book came in very good condition.I haven't had a chance to read it yet but I am sure it will have good information.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read...
A must-read for every parent of a cutter.I bought another book along with this one and this one was much easier to understand.It gives in-sight of why they cut and how to help them overcome it.I highly suggest it to anyone dealing with this.

5-0 out of 5 stars When your child cuts
Excellent book.We have read quite a few and this one is simple and to the point.Easy to understand what your role as a parent should be.
Everyone who has a child that cuts should read this book.

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7. Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self-Injury
by Michael Hollander PhD
Paperback: 214 Pages (2008-06-11)
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Asin: 1593854269
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Discovering that your teen “cuts” is absolutely terrifying; before you understand what really motivates cutting, you may worry your child is contemplating suicide. What can you do to help when every attempt to address the behavior seems to push him or her further away? In this compassionate, straightforward book, Dr. Michael Hollander, a leading authority on self-injury, spells out the facts about cutting--and what to do to make it stop. You’ll learn how overwhelming emotions lead some teens to hurt themselves, and how proven treatments--chief among them dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)--can help your child become well again. Helping Teens Who Cut demonstrates how to talk to your teen about cutting without making it worse, and explains exactly what to look for in a therapist or treatment program. Drawing on decades of clinical experience as well as the latest research, Dr. Hollander provides concrete ways to help your son or daughter cope with extreme emotions without resorting to self-injury. You’ll also learn practical communication and problem-solving skills that can reduce family stress, making it easier to care for yourself and your teen during the recovery process.
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4-0 out of 5 stars informative
this book was an eye opener to how teens who cause self infliction think. I'm glad i bought this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for parents or professionals!
I read this book over night and took notes in order to educate and assist within the helping profession. I would require parents or professionals to read or purchase this book who have contact with a teen who cuts themselves. Very informative, educational, and provides hope. Teaches how to respond effectively to such emotional pain.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lifting the Veil
Dr Hollander lifts the veil on a difficult issue.With compassion,he takes parents on a journey inside this thoughtful therapy.A clear and enjoyable writing style help render a sensitive subject approachable and manageable.Through the use of well chosen examples, Dr. Hollander effectively outlines the problems facing teens who cut and their parents.With that foundation of understanding, he follows with a practical guide for parents to support their teen, their family, and themselves as they navigate therapy.Beyond the primary goal of helping teens who cut, Dr. Hollander's book outlines ideas and skills that are helpful to any parent tackling the ever-changing challenges of raising a child, or any human struggling to cope with difficulties inherent in life. ... Read more

8. Self-Injury: When Pain Feels Good (Resources for Changing Lives) (Resources for Changing Lives) (Resources for Changing Lives)
by Edward T. Welch
Paperback: 32 Pages (2004-03-01)
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Asin: 0875526977
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Unhelpful Booklet That Oversimplifies How We Heal
As the very first Christian resource on self-injury, this booklet accomplished a lot: it brought the issue to light for Christians.As the first resource that could've set the standard and as a potential tool for healing, this booklet falls drastically short.The author writes from a biblical-counseling perspective (the perspective that thinks all the answers to all life's problems can be directly found within the pages of the Bible) and ignores decades, if not centuries, of psychological research.

While the booklet accurately assesses the reasons WHY people give for wanting to self-injure, it reduces their reasons to one: it's all about God.On some level, that may be true, but many things point directly to things in our past.Once we recognize what causes us to act in certain ways, only then can we begin utilizing God's help to overcome our faulty behaviors.And this help can come in many forms: Bible reading, medication, prayer, counseling, talking with family and friends, etc.Prayer and Bible reading are not, as the author suggests, the ONLY answer; they are a PART of the answer.

For a better introductory booklet, read "Cutting: Self-Injury and Emotional Pain" (InterVarsity Press).For full-length Christian treatments of the issue, read Jerusha Clark's "Inside a Cutter's Mind," Jan Kern's "Scars That Wound, Scars That Heal," or Marv Penner's upcoming "Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut."

4-0 out of 5 stars Quick Understanding of SI for Christians
This is a very brief book on Self Injury, the title a little misleading regarding pain feeling good.That part misses the point.The book does say there are many reasons why someone would choose SI as a coping mechanism.The book promotes compassion and alternative messages for Self-Injury (SI)such as :encouraging self-love, Christ-like love and utilyzing scripture for direct communication between self and God, rather than self-inflicted violence.This book is a good intro book for persons of faith who struggle with this issue; and this book can be a good book for other persons of faith who may be in a supportive role, helping friends or loved ones who struggle with SI.More needs to be written from a Christian, compassionate perspective that is more in depth.Robin Connors books and Walsh's new book on Treating Self Injury are much more thorough and better, tho without the religious perspective.

5-0 out of 5 stars helpful overview
I found this book to be a very helpful overview of the topic.Obviously, any major problem that needs counseling is also going to need a thorough amount of research also, and this provides a very basic manual to the causes and some helps for self-injurers.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not helpful - Non-evidenced based Christian speculation
While I have no idea of the intentions of the author, I can imagine that in the wrong context, this book could be very unhelpful for both parents and/or teens dealing with self injury issues.This a very brief (28 p) and superficial overview of this issue from a decidedly Christian perspective which ultimately associates sinful behavior of self-injury as being associated with the devil.I find such insuations to be unhelpful. ... Read more

9. Understanding Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Origins, Assessment, and Treatment
Hardcover: 337 Pages (2009-03-15)
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Asin: 1433804360
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is the deliberate damaging of one's own body tissue in the absence of any intent to die. Although reports of this behavior span centuries, reported instances of NSSI have increased dramatically over the last 20 years. Until now, there has been no authoritative book on the topic that evaluates why this behavior occurs and what evidence-based assessment and treatments are available.

Editor Matthew K. Nock has compiled the first comprehensive overview of NSSI written by leading theorists, researchers, and clinicians in the field. Drawing upon the historical, biological, cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal literature, the contributors help to provide answers to some key questions: How prevalent is NSSI? What is its history? Does it occur more frequently among youth? Among females? What influences its occurrence? And, most importantly, how can mental health professionals help those who self-injure? The book's contributors have created a monumental and accessible study of NSSI.

Understanding Nonsuicidal Self-Injury is a must-have for both researchers and clinicians, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and all who wish to help those who struggle with this disturbing behavior. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An Important Part of What We So Very Much Need....
As an experienced clinician often working with high risk teens, I've long-found self-injuring -- cutting, burning and more -- both disturbing & frustrating.Disturbing because this self-violence against their own bodies IS deeply disturbing, not only for parents, but also for those of us who care for and care about these young people.Frustrating because these teens often present serious, serious challenges in building relationships, ESPECIALLY on their self-injuring.And clearly teen self-injuring, now, doesn't mean mostly what it did back in the 1980's, when it was more limited to proto-borderlines and other victims of fairly extreme abuse.

That abuse/borderline population is still there, but there's a whole lot more.This book well-shows this in its chapters on epidemiology and on teen self-injuring, how widespread self-injuring now is in the teen high school community -- 13-23%!Up to nearly 1 in 4 high school students!Recent surveys suggest self-injuring includes not only teens -- average age to start self-injuring being 12-14 years old -- but self-injuring carries on through young adulthood, including college students.Young adults, 18 and 25, have rates even higher.One college reported, in a survey, rates similar to hospitalized adolescents, around 40%.Nor is self-injuring only female -- some recent studies suggest rates are becoming more the same between boys & girls.Given that many if not most teens hide their self-injuring, these rates could easily be higher.Truly shocking.

Worse, repetitive self-injury can be a precursor to suicide attempts and, especially with males, even completed suicide.One study found that 44% of a sample of teens who completed suicide had previously repetitively self-harmed.(Though please note, most self-harmers are, indeed, non-suicidal.)As this book makes clear, though, while NSSI is without intent to commit suicide, it should be taken seriously.Not only is there evidence that, in some cases, NSSI can develop an addictive character and become longer-term repetitive as well as progressively more severe, there's true concern that, if NSSI is not taken seriously and the purpose behind it recognized and handled, it could lead to suicide.

This is the first academic comprehensive "Review of the Field".Its 15 chapters thoughtfully cover most key areas, including Defining the Field, Epidemiology, Models for Understanding Self-Injury, Biological/Neurological Understandings of Self-Injury, Self-Injury with Developmental Disabilities, Influences of Peers & the Media/Internet, Assessing, Cognitive Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, DBT, Residential Treatment, Psychopharmacology.And it has a special chapter on treating teens.I suspect that all the best academic researchers are here.Nock, also a suicidologist, is a tenured professor at Harvard, and his thinking in particular is careful and clear, making all his chapters well worth reading.If you really want to know what we know about the academic research field as of 2009, this is THE source.It's not always easily readable, but, hey, keep a dictionary handy.It never hurts to learn a few new words, or to be reminded of some from a perhaps-distant graduate student past.

This field, which has so very long lacked research, has clearly had, in the past few years, much more money poured into research.Nock with his colleagues are obviously pushing for including non-suicidal self-injury in DSM-V (or beyond).That would likely open up even more research money and attract more scholars.

If you treat teens who are self-injuring (and their families), definitely buy this book.You'll find information & understandings which will help you and your clients.

So why am I not giving this book five stars?

Sadly & predictably, academia focuses more on theory & research than on practice, and worse it focuses more on research with adults.This book, as do many books in the field, falls into the cognitive-behavioral treatment dogma.Not that they say this directly -- that would be much better if they did.But as part of the psychology wars of Cog-Behavioral Treatments Only vs everything & everyone else, the authors simply don't mention anything else.There are few family treatments given, mainly DBT, and even that is cautiously presented, stating in the chapter's conclusion, "researchers may find that in a comprehensive treatment DBT is not necessary to treat NSSI in adolescents who present with single disorders or for whom no BPD [Borderline Personality Disorder] features exist."

Sadly & predictably, we clinicians -- those of us who actually treat NSSI -- are given no options that don't meet a single style of research standards.And while books can stop at that, what are we clincians supposed to do? Because our clients, and their situationss & needs won't let us stop there.Thoughtful treatment programs do exist, in particular I mention Matthew Selekman's recent (also 2009) The Adolescent & Young Adult Self-Harming Treatment Manual: A Collaborative Strengths-Based Brief Therapy Approach.His manual is research-based, but a different type of research.He has worked and done research, what might be called clinical research, in this field for many years.He is well-published, and by reputable publishers.So why isn't he even mentioned in "Understanding NSSI"?Even if the authors didn't wanted to present needed options in the face of gaps, they might at least state, honestly & openly, their disagreements or concerns.I find their silence shabby.

Also not mentioned is the meta-analysis of psychotherapy research studies -- see especially the 2nd (2010) edition of The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy -- which clearly show that far more effective than "specific treatments for specific disorders" in psychotherapy is building a treatment alliance -- a combination of relationship, mutual agreement on goals and objectives and mutual agreement on treatment approaches -- especially one that concentrates on client strengths & resources, something particularly strong in Selekman's work.

This is certainly my experience with teens who self-injure -- the hardest & most vital work is building a relationship and getting agreement on what we're trying to accomplish and how we're going to do it.And to pull this off, I find I often need to incorporate every strength & resource my client has.Yet these very issues -- relationship and treatment alliance, client strengths and resources -- what in my experience are the most important and central needs & skills for treatment -- all these are given very short shrift in this book.They're not even listed in the comprehensive index.

In some ways, a more balanced and clinically-friendly overview of this field, one written together by both clinicians and researchers, including a few researchers who also write in "Understanding NSSI", is Mary K. Nixon & Nancy Heath (ed., also 2009), Self-Injury in Youth: The Essential Guide to Assessment and Intervention.

But I really & truly would buy & read "Understanding NSSI".It's a very thoughtful and careful book, with much information that I suspect you'll be glad to have -- I know I certainly was.Anyone who works with teen self-injury knows that we need all the good help we can get.And I would also buy Selekman's book and Nixon & Heath's book.With those three together (and it wouldn't hurt add in the 2010 "Heart & Soul of Change"), I found I was so much better prepared to help these challenging and needful clients & their families heal.

5-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive must-read for an understanding of NSSI
An excellent, easy-to-read book with up-to-date information and research on nonsuicidal self-injury.A contribution to the field like no other regarding this topic. ... Read more

10. Sports Injuries: A Unique Guide to Self-Diagnosis and Rehabilitation
by Malcolm T. F. Read MAMBBChirMRCGPDRCOGDM-SMedFISM, Paul Wade
Paperback: 236 Pages (2009-03-23)
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Sports Injuries provides an indispensable self-help guide to all the common injuries that occur. This book will help to quickly pinpoint the source of the injury, know which conditions you can treat yourself and when to visit an expert, stay fit and flexible during recovery,and encourage your body to heal faster.Easy-to-follow illustrations help you to locate the area of pain quickly then guide you through a range of simple self-diagnostic tests and medical options. Once the problem and course of care are determined, unique fitness ladders tell you what you can do to stay mobile and how to avoid further injury.

  • Clear illustrations delineate the anatomical area, joint or muscle under consideration
  • Highly templated format gives diagnosis, cause, treatment (self or medical) and training points for each injury
  • Includes self-tests with diagrams to help pinpoint the specific injuries
  • Provides training ladders for safe rehabilitation of injury
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11. Scars That Wound, Scars That Heal: A Journey Out of Self Injury (Live Free)
by Jan Kern
Paperback: 237 Pages (2007-09-05)
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Asin: 0784721041
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In Scars That Wound: Scars That heal, you'll walk alongside Jackie, whose arms are marked with reminders of the painful journey she thought she had to take alone.Self-injury is inflicted to deal with stressful situations or traumatic memories; to temporarily ease fears, loneliness, and anxiety; or even as a coping mechanism to turn to again and again.There is a way out of this world of pain.Jesus truly cares-his scars prove it.He's waiting to help heal your wounds and the wounds of the people you care about. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Touching
This book was amazing. I have had a personal struggle with the topics covered in this book. I was really moved and touched in a healing way while reading this book. For anyone that has struggled with self-mutilation I would say this is a great read. I am recommending this book to my friends that have had similar struggles, and will continue to recommend it to anyone wanting a healing touch.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful for family and those who cut
This is a touching story that explains so much behind the need to cut.It have me an understanding that I had lacked and a starting point for talking with my daughter about her hurting herself.It seemed to help her to be able to express her pain in verbal ways rather than cutting.I highly recommend this book for anyone who cuts themselves and for their families and friends.A true way to help.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Moving
In Scars that Wound: Scars that Heal, author Jan Kern chronicles Jackie's story, a young woman that turned to cutting and self-injury to release her pain. Through Jackie's heartbreaking journey, Ms. Kern offers hope and healing to any teen that has ever struggled with self-injury.

But as Ms. Kern notes in the introduction, healing is not an easy journey nor is it meant to be taken alone. In a gentle, comforting tone, Ms. Kern explores things that lead many into self-injury and how to get help.

Powerfully descriptive, Scars that Wound: Scars that Heal is not only a good read for those who self-injure but also for youth pastors, friends and family members of someone that self-injures. From how to pray for a friend that is self-injuring to ways you can be there for your friend, Ms. Kern's suggestions cover many different aspects of self-injuring.

Like the other books in the Live Free series, Scars that Wound: Scars that Heal is not an easy, light-hearted read. But it is a beautifully moving story of one young woman's journey to freedom.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book covering all angles
This book is great as it covers the issue of self-harm from all angles. From the perspective of the self harmer, from an external viewpoint and even gives pointers to those trying to help the self injurer. It also provides direction for holistic healing as it demonstrates God's role in the healing. Struggling with self harm myself I really appreciated that this book had raw honesty. It wasn't this fairy tale book of recovery. It was the hard slog of years of work and effort with a hope-filled ending.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much needed resource
I've worked with teens for over two decades, and Jan Kern addresses the issue of self-injury with compassion and insight, as well as provides tangible help for the teen (or those who love them) seeks answers and help. ... Read more

12. Adolescent Self-Injury: A Comprehensive Guide for Counselors and Health Care Professionals
by Amelio A. D'Onofrio
Hardcover: 248 Pages (2007-03-15)
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Asin: 0826102786
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In this comprehensive guide, Dr. D'Onofrio approaches the topic of how first-responders, such as teachers, coaches, social workers, guidance counselors, and campus health counselors, can and do treat adolescent self-injury.Topics included:

  • A broad conceptual framework of Self-Injurious Behavior in order to increase awareness of the socio-cultural, emotional, psychological, and behavioral expressions of the phenomenon.
  • Specific practical guidelines for school counselors and other potential first-line responders for identifying, assessing, and triaging adolescents who self-injure.

Instructions on how to enlist assistance from teachers, administrators, and parents so that all elements of the student's support network function collaboratively are presented. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars THE Official Book on Self-Injury
There is no better book on the market on the subject of self-injury.

This work provides a well-rounded culmination of explanation, conceptualization, supportive research, and applicable tips for the frontline responder.

D'Onofrio helps us to understand the inner world of the traumatized child, who can later become the self-injuring adolescent.He articulately puts the reader in touch with the pain and complexity of sufferers and the people who surround them. Readers are provided with an opportunity to endure a mere taste of the numbness or "deadness" that often drives self-injurers to inflict pain on themselves.

The later chapters discuss how to best help self-injuring individuals through a firm stance of empathy and clear boundaries combined with useful suggestions and steps to follow so as to best support the needs of the adolescent. D'Onofrio eloquently conveys his profound expertise and understanding to all -- clinicians, parents, as well as novice learners.
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13. Cutting and Self-Injury (Straight Talk About.)
by Rachel Eagen
Paperback: 48 Pages (2010-09-15)
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Self-injury is not something people talk about very often. Yet, it is a reality for millions of young. "Cutting and Self-injury" deals with the delicate issues of self-harming and the reasons why people do it. Directly and carefully written, this book discusses avoidance and treatment. Special toolbox sections outline real life coping strategies for resisting, and for helping friends and family cope with this real life issue. ... Read more

14. Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Self-Injury at School (Developmental Psychopathology at School)
by David N. Miller, Stephen E. Brock
Hardcover: 137 Pages (2010-07-22)
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Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) among young people—most notably in the form of forearm- or wrist-cutting—occurs across cultural groups, social strata, and developmental stages, puzzling and repelling adults. Youth engaging in NSSI behaviors are at a higher risk for suicidality as well as other mental health and academic problems. And because NSSI is often first noticed in the school setting (as is the case with many children’s disorders), school professionals are being encouraged to take a more proactive role in intervention.

The first book specifically geared toward education personnel, Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Self-Injury at School clearly defines NSSI, differentiating it from suicidal, borderline, and other behaviors and analyzing the psychological contexts in which it occurs. This school-based perspective gives readers a practical framework for earlier, more accurate diagnosis; relevant consulting with parents, teachers, and colleagues; and effective, science-based treatment.

Included in the coverage:

• An overview of causes of self-injury.

• Current findings on prevalence and associated conditions.

• Early screening guidelines, including risk factors and warning signs.

• The latest information on assessment issues and diagnostic methods.

• A separate chapter on psychoeducational assessment.

• Up-to-date research on interventions for NSSI.

Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Self-Injury at School offers a solid foundation for school psychologists and allied educational professionals to understand students with NSSI and address their complex needs.

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15. Women Living With Self-Injury
by Jane Hyman
Paperback: 248 Pages (1999-09-27)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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They cut their arms and legs with knives and razors;scratch at their skin; burn, bruise, or stick themselves withcigarettes, hammers, pins, and other objects; bang their heads andlimbs; and break their own bones. Although women who live withself-injury have recently gained recognition in the media, they have,as a result, become even more stigmatized.

In this book, author Jane Wegscheider Hyman sheds light onthis misunderstood condition. Fifteen women talk about their battlewith self-injury and explain how and why they repeatedly anddeliberately injure themselves. Most admit they do it because itmakes them feel high or safe. They also describe living withceaseless shame, secrecy, and fear of discovery which could makethem unemployable and ostracized. Candidly discussing theirattempted and successful recoveries, they reveal the impact livingwith self-injury has on their day-to-day lives--where they arecompetent workers, partners, friends, and mothers.

Hear the voices of these women as they speak to a public thatgenerally sees self-injury as frightening, senseless, and repulsive.Concealing scars or other signs of injury is crucial for them andpartly dictates their daily routines, choice of clothes, and the liesthey tell to excuse any traces of injury. For these productive womenwho work outside of the home and often raise children, hidingself-injury is of paramount importance during their workdays and intheir relationships with partners, families, and friends.

Hyman's approach is unique in that she not only talked tothese women but also really listened to their stories--something rarein the misunderstood realm of self-injury. Professionals, perplexedby self-injury, have not always tolerated its complexity. As a resultthose who injure themselves have remained shrouded in secrecy,isolation, and shame--until now.

This book offers compassion as well as encouragement forrecovery by making available the emotional experiences of sufferersin their own words. It is an important book for those whoself-injure, their loved ones, anyone who knows of or suspectsself-injury in a friend, and mental care professionals. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not that much helpful
I expected it to be helpful for my research paper, but it wasn't. I am not saying that it is a bad book, but it not what I wanted to purchase.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good if you are looking for information on SI
This book is my first book on SI and I found it a really informative and helpful. While there are some discussions that may be graffic to some but maybe not all. Over all I found the book insightful and while the stories in the book were different then mine the book was still worthwhile.

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatly recommended - one of two best books on the topic
In this book, Jane Wegscheider Hyman interviewed fifteen women who self-injure themselves to learn more about their battle with self-injury and explain how and why they continually and intentionally injure themselves. This is a fantastic and informing piece of work. Hyman has obviously done a great deal of work over a period of time. The women talk about their pasts, reasons for their self-injury, and troubles associated with it and their hopes of recovery. Hyman is not only very educated in this field but she also is very compassionate about the women's stories and situations. This is an excellent source of information, and along with, A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain by Marilee Strong, they are the best books on the subject matter. I greatly suggest this book for those who self-injure, those who know someone who does and professionals that care for them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review requested: Is this written for a teen reading level?
I need a book on this topic that's written for a teen level: simple wording, not complext clincial concetps, leaning toward insights and solutions rather than research and academic data...But especially something that's not boring or written over the heads of young teens (age 14-16). Would this a good book?

5-0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY recommended - one of the best books on the topic
As someone who has self injured for over 25 years (since age 5), this was THE book that helped me to start coming out of my denial and being able to seek help.While it can be triggering, it is outweighed by the number of "ahhhh haaa's" one get's from reading it.It was very enlightening and helped me to reduce the shame I'd experienced, enough that I could finally seek help.One thing ESPECIALLY unique about this book is that it does not limit itself to cutting and burning - it deals with all forms of self injury - something that FEW books on the topic of self injury do.If you are looking to buy just one book on the topic, let this be it... ... Read more

by S. Marie
Paperback: 86 Pages (2000-01-01)

Isbn: 0967440602
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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A collection of poems woven together to tell the story of a journey from child abuse and self-injury towards healing. Published for abuse survivors, those who self-injure, healing professionals, and anyone interested in understanding, preventing and healing the various forms of child abuse and self-injury. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful & Inspiring
CAPTIV is a very accessible book about S. Marie's healing journey through child abuse, its painful and challenging consequences, and the light she creates at the end of the tunnel. The author's extraordinary gift is to say so much about her experience, with tremendous insight, in so few words.

This book should be required reading, not only for every psychologist, therapist and university psychology student, but for every parent. For after reading this book, few parents could possibly perpetrate on their innocent child, the devastating damage that results from physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

Buy this book. You will see the world in a new way, and be better for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars you'll be surprised
this book really surprised me. really, the only thing that interested me was the title, but i read a little about it and decided to get it. really, this book AMAZED me. i dont think there are words for the feeling reading it gives you... really inspires deep thoughts and you can only imagine how much pain there is. it kept me reading and i reccommend this book to everyone ... Read more

17. Self-injuries: Webster's Timeline History, 1959 - 2007
by Icon Group International
Paperback: 30 Pages (2009-06-06)
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Webster's bibliographic and event-based timelines are comprehensive in scope, covering virtually all topics, geographic locations and people. They do so from a linguistic point of view, and in the case of this book, the focus is on "Self-injuries," including when used in literature (e.g. all authors that might have Self-injuries in their name). As such, this book represents the largest compilation of timeline events associated with Self-injuries when it is used in proper noun form. Webster's timelines cover bibliographic citations, patented inventions, as well as non-conventional and alternative meanings which capture ambiguities in usage. These furthermore cover all parts of speech (possessive, institutional usage, geographic usage) and contexts, including pop culture, the arts, social sciences (linguistics, history, geography, economics, sociology, political science), business, computer science, literature, law, medicine, psychology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology and other physical sciences. This "data dump" results in a comprehensive set of entries for a bibliographic and/or event-based timeline on the proper name Self-injuries, since editorial decisions to include or exclude events is purely a linguistic process. The resulting entries are used under license or with permission, used under "fair use" conditions, used in agreement with the original authors, or are in the public domain. ... Read more

18. Sports Injuries: A Self-Help Guide
by Vivian Grisogono
 Paperback: 298 Pages (1994-11)
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Asin: 0895947161
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Written by a professional for the unlucky sportsman, whether professional, competitive or recreational, this book is the first effective guide to coping with injuries and getting back to sport. Vivian Grisogono passes on years of experience as a sports participant and physiotherapist. Injuries are described 'geographically', from foot to neck, and then down the arm. Arrowed drawings throughout help you identify the site of pain. The causes of injury are explained, to help you understand how and why a particular injury occurs, whether it's a sudden traumatic injury like the sprinter's hamstring tear or the squash player's Achilles tendon rupture, or a gradual overuse injury like tennis elbow or runner's shin soreness. Self-diagnosis is fraught with pitfalls, and this book aims to steer you clear of them by helping to identify the possible causes of your pain, in order to present a clear picture of the problem to your medical practitioner, so that he can make a speedy and accurate diagnosis. The first-aid and immediate self-help measures you should take for any injury, before you manage to see your doctor, are described.Following diagnosis, rehabilitation principles for each injury are given, from the very early stages of recovery, through to your return to sport.For tendon and muscle injuries, the progression starts with passive stretching for flexibility, then you re-strengthen the injured muscle group, until the final stage when you work the muscles in co-ordination with the surrounding muscles. For joint injuries, you have to regain stability through strengthening exercises, then gradually mobilize the injured joint, before moving into the final phase of co-ordinating exercises. All the specific exercises for achieving these aspects of recovery are illustrated in detail, for each injury throughout the body. The explanations of injuries and their recovery processes, as well as the amazing range of therapeutic exercises listed, will make this book indispensable not only to sportsmen and women of all types and ages, but also to coaches, PE teachers, and medical and paramedical practitioners interested in sports injuries. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Aging warrior lives to play another day.
An excellent reference guide for sports related and everyday injuries. Rather than hand my wallet over to chiropractors I have used this guide to heal myself to health by doing the simple exercises as illustrated in thediagrams. All parts of the body are covered. A must for all gracefullyaging jocks and jockettes! ... Read more

19. Sport Injuries: A Unique Guide to Self-Diagnosis and Rehabilitation
by Malcolm T. F. Read, Paul Wade
Paperback: 192 Pages (1997-09)
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You've pulled a muscle: Do you ice it or soak it in a hot bath? You're healing after a bad sprain: Do you take it easy or push to stay in shape? You've got the beginnings of a cold: Do you cancel your workload or head to the gym? Anyone who exercises or participates in sport at some time or other may get injured. Sports Injuries provides an indispensable self-help guide to all the common injuries that occur. This book will help to: quickly pinpoint the source of the injury; know which conditions you can treat yourself and when to visit an expert; stay fit and flexible during recovery; encourage your body to heal faster. Easy-to-follow illustrations help you to locate the area of pain quickly, then guide you through a range of simple self-diagnostic tests and medical options. Once the problem and course of care are determined, unique fitness ladders tell you what you can do to stay mobile and how to avoid further injury. ... Read more

20. Working with Self-injury: A Practical Guide
by Lois Arnold, Anne Magill
 Paperback: 75 Pages (1996-10)

Isbn: 1901335003
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