Working with Clients who Self-Injure Raises Many Questions:
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.
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.
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