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11 Essentials for Self-Harm Recovery: Helping Children & Teens Reclaim

11 Essentials for Self-Harm Recovery: Helping Children & Teens Reclaim Their Lives

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Tony L. Sheppard
5 Hours 27 Minutes
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Dec 30, 2015
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Working with Clients who Self-Injure Raises Many Questions:

  • • How does it differ from suicide?
  • • Do I have to report it?
  • • What do I tell parents?
  • • What is the role of the school?
  • • Does social media hurt or help?
  • • Is hospitalization required for kids to improve?

In this seminar, Dr. Tony Sheppard answers these questions and more as he guides you through a multisystemic approach to assessment and treatment of non-suicidal self-injury. This course focuses not only on risk assessment, but also provides a practical guide to working effectively with clients — covering simple assessment and management of self-injury as well as more significant care, such as residential treatment and management of multiple self-harm behaviors. Several interventions will be examined in-depth, including motivational interviewing; cognitive treatment; replacement skills; and adjunctive family, group, and psychiatric therapies. Throughout the course, we will investigate the underlying motivations behind self-harm behaviors, identifying complications related to trauma and/or body image issues. By the end of the day, you will feel confident in your ability to match interventions to individual clients (stepping up or increasing treatment as necessary), while preventing and responding to potential treatment pitfalls and legal/ethical issues.


Course Content



Conceptualizing the Problem

  • Primary motivations
    • Controlling external/internal environment
    • Impacts on various settings
    • Neuropsychology of NSSI
    • NSSI and trauma


Assessing the Problem

  • NSSI and suicide
    • Statistics
    • Differential diagnosis
    • Clinical assessment/screening
    • Formal assessment tools
  • 5 questions every therapist should ask during assessment


Treating the Problem

  • Multi-systemic approach
    • Engaging families, school, peers, social media
    • Determining who needs to know/how much they need to know
  • Working with parents
  • The role of the school
  • The role of peers
  • Social media
  • Replacement behaviors
  • Using the stages of change/MI model in treatment
    • Assessing readiness
    • Gauging interventions
    • Sustaining and maintaining recovery
  • 6 key components of therapeutic intervention
    • Developing distraction strategies
    • Building coping skills
    • Enhancing self-esteem and self-acceptance
    • Improving relationships and relational skills
    • Addressing Trauma (“big T” and “little t”)
    • Developing problem-solving skills
  • The role of adjunctive therapies


Legal & Ethical Issues

  • Assessing properly is key
    • Screening for NSSI at intake
    • Documentation/diagnosis
    • Treatment planning
  • Reporting
    • Schools tend to have stricter reporting rules than mental health settings
    • Factors in reporting
    • Involving other professionals
    • Balancing the clinical and the legal


Integration of Learning

  • Group treatment planning activity


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Marriage and Family Therapists - South Carolina

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Social Workers - New York

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TONY L. SHEPPARD, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a background that spans community mental health, residential, inpatient, and private practice settings with children, youth, and adults. He is the founder and director of Groupworks, a psychology practice in Louisville, KY specializing in group therapy with children, adolescents, and their families. The Groupworks teen program treats youth with emotional problems, frequently including NSSI, and Dr. Sheppard has led a number of workshops on NSSI for psychologists, case managers, educators, and nursing staff. He completed his graduate training in the School of Professional Psychology at Spalding University in Louisville. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Sheppard teaches group psychotherapy for the program, and Groupworks serves as a training site for advanced doctoral students.

Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychiatric Nurses, Case Managers, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, Mental Health Administrators, Educators, Guidance Counselors




Overall:     4.5

Total Reviews: 38


Judy L - New York, New York

"This was the best seminar I have attended through CCE/Vyne"

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"great presentation efficiently presented. Can use all of information presented."

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