Self Injury/Self Mutilation – Critical Issues

School personnel and community agencies are increasingly faced with referrals of students who are engaging in self-mutilation. This workshop will provide practical guidelines about how to detect this behavior and intervene to support these young people and will answer the question of whether students engaging in self mutilation are suicidal.

Self-mutilation by students with cutting being the most common has caught school personnel, parents and community personnel by surprise. Several theories have been identified to explain this behavior with a history of trauma being the common denominator. This workshop will outline the many factors involved in this complex behavior and provide sample guidelines for school and community strategies to help students reduce their self-mutilation.