Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Self-injurious behavior -- Treatment
Today school counselors are working more with students who choose self-injury. In order to do so effectively, it is important that counselors understand the nature of self-injury and effective ways to treat it. This paper looks at reasons behind self-injuring and explores the difference between self-injury and suicide attempts as well as the different classifications of self-injury. Knowing the risk factors such as loss, childhood illness, physical and sexual abuse, familial violence, familial self-injury, peer conflict, and impulse control problems will aid counselors in targeting at-risk students. Once risk factors were targeted, it was found that behavioral treatments that address the distorted thinking of self-injurers were often successful. Overall, counselors hold a powerful role in intervening and preventing self-injury.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education
John K. Smith
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©2005 Emily M. Thole
Thole, Emily M., "Why people self-injure and what school counselors can do to help" (2005). Graduate Research Papers. 1630.