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Adolescent & Young Adult Self-Harming Treatment Manual

A Collaborative Strengths-Based Brief Therapy Approach

Matthew Selekman

A detailed treatment protocol for working with self-harming adolescents and young adults

25x20cm  325 pages  $44.95  

By Their Own Young Hand

Deliberate Self-harm and Suicidal Ideas in Adolescents

Keith Hawton, Karen Rodham, Emma Evans

Self-harm in adolescents is an increasingly recognized problem, and there is growing awareness of the important role schools and health services can play in detecting and supporting those at risk. By Their Own Young Hand explores the findings of the first large-scale survey of deliberate self-harm and suicidal thinking in adolescents in the UK, and draws out the implications for prevention strategies and mental health promotion.
Six thousand young people were asked about their experiences of self-harm, the coping methods they use, and their attitudes to the help and support available. The authors identify the risk and protective factors for self-harm, exploring why some adolescents with suicidal thoughts go on to harm themselves while others do not, what motivates some young people to seek help, and whether distressed teenagers feel they receive the support they need. By Their Own Young Hand offers practical advice on how schools can detect young people at risk, cope with the aftermath of self-harm or attempted suicide, and develop training programmes for teachers. It also examines the roles of self-help, telephone helplines, email counselling, and walk-in crisis centres.
Packed with adolescents’ own personal accounts and perspectives, this accessible overview will be essential reading for teachers, social workers and mental health professionals.

23x15cm  264 pages  $39.95  

Child and Adolescent Suicidal Behavior

School-Based Prevention, Assessment, and Intervention

David N Miller

Meeting a crucial need, this book distills the best current knowledge on child and adolescent suicide prevention into comprehensive guidelines for school-based practitioners. The author draws on extensive research and clinical experience to provide best-practice recommendations for developing schoolwide prevention programs, conducting risk assessments, and intervening at different levels of intensity with students at risk. Also presented are postvention procedures for responding effectively if a suicide does occur. Legal and ethical issues are addressed in detail. Reproducible handouts include sample assessment questions for students, teachers, and parents; the book's large-size format and lay-flat binding facilitate photocopying.

27x21cm  170 pages  $39.95  


Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation Rev ed

Steven Levenkron

A seminal work on treating self-mutilation, revised and updated with illuminating case studies and newly available drugs and resources. Nearly a decade ago, "Cutting" boldly addressed a traumatic psychological disorder affecting as many as two million Americans. More than that, it revealed self-mutilation as a comprehendible, treatable disorder, no longer to be evaded by the public and neglected by professionals. Using copious examples from his practice, Steven Levenkron traces the factors that predispose a personality to self-mutilation: genetics, family experience, childhood trauma, and parental behavior. Written for sufferers, parents, friends, and therapists, "Cutting" explains why the disorder manifests in self-harming behaviors and describes how patients can be helped.

16x21cm  275 pages  $24.00  

Deliberate Self-Harm

Claudine Fox, Keith Hawton

Discusses risk factors for self-harm, including depression, substance abuse and antisocial behaviour, and critically examine key screening instruments that can be used to assess risk. Describes how suicidal behaviour can be managed and prevented, and looks at the effectiveness of aftercare treatment for those who self-harm, including school-based suicide-prevention programs and family therapy. Also addressed are common myths about self-harm and the problem of varying definitions in this field.
Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescence clearly summarizes and evaluates current research into suicidal behaviour - it is essential reading for social workers, mental health professionals, GPs, teachers and parents.

23x15cm  144 pages  $35.95  

Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Suicidal Adolescents

Alec Miller, Jill Rathus, Marsha Linehan

This highly practical book adapts the proven techniques of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) to treatment of multi-problem adolescents at highest risk for suicidal behavior and self-injury. The authors are master clinicians who take the reader step by step through understanding and assessing severe emotional dysregulation in teens and implementing individual, family, and group-based interventions.

26x18cm  346 pages  $69.00  

Freedom from Self-Harm

Overcoming Self-Injury with Skills from DBT and Other Treatments

Kim Gratz, Alexander Chapman

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.

23x15cm  261 pages  $28.95  

Getting to the Heart of Hurt

Understanding Self-Harm

Sarah Currie

Is self-harm a suicide attempt? What's behind the growing increase in teenagers and adults who self-harm? What can be done to help someone who self-harms? The act of self-harming is often alarming and it can be difficult to comprehend why people chose to do this to themselves. By trying to understand what self-harm is and why it is chosen as coping strategy, family members and carers can have the confidence and courage to be an invaluable support during what can be an extremely stressful time for everyone involved. This book will demonstrate why it is so important for those who self-harm to be able to form a reliable, trusting relationship with another person, in order to begin a journey of self-awareness and self-acceptance. It is the author's hope that by sharing the understanding she gained from making such a journey herself, readers will gain the courage to begin their own. By challenging common misconceptions about self-harm and advocating a framework for intervention which is respectful and compassionate, "Careful Cutting" will be indispensable for parents, teachers, community workers, social workers, health workers and anyone who cares for an individual who self-harms. Show More Show Less


Helping Teens Who Cut

Understanding and Ending Self-Injury

Michael Hollander

This book offers a wealth of information about cutting, reveals the communication mistakes that even well-intentioned parents make, and illustrates specific ways of talking with kids to help them stop hurting themselves.

23x15cm  214 pages  $26.95  

Life After Self-harm

A Guide to the Future

Ulrike Schmidt and Kate Davidson

Suicide. Cutting. Self-mutilation. In many countries, there has been an alarming increase in rates of self-harm, yet the crippling stigma attached to these difficulties often leads to sub-optimal care. "Life After Self-Harm is written for individuals who have deliberately harmed themselves. Illustrated with multiple case-histories, it teaches users important skills, such as: understanding and evaluating self-harm, keeping safe in a crisis, dealing with seemingly insolvable problems, developing coping strategies and for re-connecting with life. Developed through a major research project, the contents of the manual have been informed and shaped by many users and expert professionals. Health workers who regularly come into contact with individuals who have self-harmed will find the wealth of practical advice in this book extremely valuable for recommendation to patients either as a self-help book or in the context of brief therapy.

16x24cm  109 pages  $41.00  

Managing Self-Harm

Psychological Perspectives

Anna Motz

Self-harm often arises at moments of despair or emotional intensity, and its reasons are not necessarily available to the conscious mind. Managing Self-Harm explores the meaning and impact of self-harm, and the sense in which it is a language of the body. It is designed to help clinicians, people who self-harm and their families and carers to understand its causes, meaning and treatment. Each chapter integrates theory with clinical illustration, enabling the direct experiences of those who self-harm to be heard and reflecting the populations that are most likely to self-harm. The contributors are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, including clinical psychology, psychotherapy, group analysis and psychiatric nursing. Areas of discussion include:
self-harm and young people in foster care and residential settings
self-harm in women's secure services
self-harm in people diagnosed with personality disorder
This book does not offer a prescription for self-harm cessation but rather describes therapeutic approaches to working with self-harm, and outlines the complex, subtle and meaningful interactions between those who engage in self-harm and those who seek to understand it. With a specialist interest in women's self-harm, Managing Self-Harm will be essential reading for all mental health professionals, including clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and social workers.

21x14cm  232 pages  $65.00  

Responding to Self-Harm in Children and Adolescents

A Professional's Guide to Identification, Intervention and Support

Steven Walker

This book provides information and guidance for professionals on understanding self-harm and responding appropriately.

21x14cm  144 pages  $27.95  

Short Introduction to Understanding and Supporting Children and Young People Who Self-Harm

Carol Fitzpatrick

Uses an easy-to-read, jargon free and positive approach to tackle the stigma attached to self-harm and suicidal behaviour. This book combines case studies with professional advice to help the reader take the first steps towards helping the young person in need. It advises on how to distinguish between normal adolescent behaviour and the signs of mental health problems, while showing how an adult can sensitively communicate with a teenager about the difficult subject. The book also emphasizes the importance of parents and carers seeking support for themselves.
This book will be an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, youth workers, and others who care for a young person showing signs of self-harm or suicidal behaviour

22x15cm  112 pages  $23.95  

Stopping the Pain

A Workbook for Teens Who Cut and Self-Injure
Instant Help Series

Lawrence Shapiro

Self-injury can be a symptom of a variety of disorders, but no matter what the cause, this disturbing behavior must be addressed. This comprehensive workbook helps the teen and her counselor explore the reasons behind her need to hurt herself, and focuses on more positive ways to deal with the issues of stress and control. Safe, effective solutions to help teens: Understand why they self-injure; Deal with stress and control issues; Develop a plan to stay healthy.

25x20cm  147 pages  $33.95  

Treating Depressed and Suicidal Adolescents

A Clinician's Guide

David Brent, Kimberly Poling, Tina Goldstein

The authors describe the nuts and bolts of assessing adolescent clients and crafting individualized treatment plans that combine cognitive and behavioral techniques, emotion regulation interventions, family involvement, and antidepressant medication.

23x16cm  276 pages  $47.95  

Understanding and Working with People with Learning Disabilities Who Self-injure

Pauline Heslop, Andrew Lovell, eds

Synthesises traditional (behavioural) and newer (psychological) approaches to understanding self-injury, drawing on psychoanalytic and social theory to provide practical guidelines for more sustained and effective support. It suggests that motivations for self-injury may be similar for people with and without learning disabilities, and draws on case work examples to suggest person-centred techniques that encourage communication – particularly important with people who do not use verbal communication - and recovery. The book covers a range of specific needs, including people with autism who self-injure, and emphasises the views of people with learning disabilities themselves and their families about what has worked best, and why. At the end of each chapter, a variety of practical implications for the provision of support are given.
This book is for those supporting people with learning disabilities who self-injure and will be a useful resource for social workers, psychologists, counsellors, learning support workers, nurses and social and health care students.

23x16cm  160 pages  $33.95  

Working with Self-Harming Adolescents

A Collaborative, Strengths-Based Therapy Approach ( Norton Professional Books 2nd ed

Matthew Selekman

Provides a comprehensive, highly practical approach to working with this challenging group of clients. This book offers readers effective guidelines for how parents can prevent and constructively manage self-harming episodes, discusses the major aggravating factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of this problem among youth, and offers an integrative and flexible solution-oriented approach for treatment. Another important feature of this book is the innovative, skill-based Stress-Busters Leadership Group, which can be run in schools or any treatment setting.

24x16cm  223 pages  $27.95  

Working with Suicidal Individuals

A Guide to Providing Understanding, Assessment and Support

Tony White

Begins by covering the theory behind suicidal behaviour, using Transactional Analysis to explore the personality types of suicidal individuals and to understand their motivations. Factors that contribute to an individual becoming suicidal, such as mental illness, are also explored. A comprehensive system for the assessment of suicide risk is provided, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Finally, the author discusses different ways suicidal and pseudo-suicidal individuals can be managed and treated, including the 'no suicide contract' and redecision therapy. Case studies are included throughout to demonstrate the theory and practice.
This book will be essential reading for all those working with a suicidal or at-risk individual, including practitioners in health, social work, psychotherapy, psychology and counselling.

23x16cm  272 pages  $36.95