A client’s self mutilating behavior can be extremely challenging for the therapist. These two programs discuss the range of traumatic causes of self mutilation, and the forms that it takes, as well as interventions that can provide more adaptive responses. Child abuse survivors describe their experiences of self mutilation, and their steps toward recovery.

Part I: GENESIS, FORMS & FUNCTIONS examines the roots of self-injury in trauma, as well as the many forms of self-harm, such as cutting, burning, passive collusion, accidents, and eating disorders. Possible motivations, including tension reduction, trauma re-enactment, punishment, and rage expression, also are discussed. 46 minutes, #1371

Part II: CLINICAL ISSUES & INTERVENTIONS presents therapeutic issues associated with self-injury, such as counter-transference, suicidality vs self injury, and differentiating between borderline personality disorder, psychosis, and dissociation. Interventions including trauma containers, hospitalization and guided imagery are also described. 42 minutes, #1323

*Includes Guide

Also available is a condensed version for clients - UNDERSTANDING SELF-INJURY - discusses the forms and functions of self-injury, and includes interviews with trauma survivors who have found alternatives to self harm. #9117 30 minutes

#9695/02901994 $289.95 Streaming Available

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