Most of us take every precaution to keep ourselves safe and healthy. The very idea that someone would intentionally physically hurt himself is something that many people find difficult to understand, even unfathomable. But the reality is that non-suicidal self-injury — what used to be called self-mutilation — is much closer to home than you might think. Why do some people engage in self-mutilation and others don't? Is this a mental illness or simply a behavior or habit. Are these individuals suicidal? Is the behavior addictive? Unfortunately, lack of information on self-injury has hampered the creation of informational materials and/or treatment options. Little literature exists to explain and address the environmental factors that contribute to adoption of the practice. For those who encounter self-injurious individuals, creating a safe environment is critical. Effective treatment is grounded in a collaborative understanding of the function of the NSSI for the person. In this session we will discuss the truth of NSSI and debunk the myths. We will provide a clinical definition for NSSI, discuss treatment options and develop a scriptural based treatment plan.
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