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May 7, 2013 – 1,432 views
Social Worker Resource
Working with special needs youth can be particularly challenging for some teachers and parents, who often listen to their protective instincts while safeguarding their young child from the ills of the world. This tendency to protect is actually good for the child at an early age, and often through young adulthood. As these children age, however, the urge to protect can actually cause them to shy away from self-determination. Instead of offering protection, parents and teachers need to work toward greater self-determination, mature decision-making, and an understanding that life does involve mistakes and consequences... Full Story 
April 19, 2013 – 1,451 views
Delmar Hobbs
The reason that the multiple disorders are to be established separately and then diagnosed together as co-occurring disorders is because the best possibility of recovery from both is when they are treated together at the same time... Full Story 
April 8, 2013 – 1,432 views
Dr. Andrew Rosen
There is a plethora of information out there regarding mood disorders of all kinds. The public is becoming more and more educated about panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, bipolar mood disorder, and similar mood disorders. But what many people still do not realize is that these disorders are not limited to adults... Full Story 
April 2, 2013 – 1,895 views
Janis Whitlock
Self-injury typically refers to a variety of behaviors in which an individual intentionally inflicts harm to his or her body for purposes not socially recognized or sanctioned and without suicidal intent (ISSS, 2007)... Full Story 
March 28, 2013 – 1,584 views
Miranda Sweet And Janis Whitlock
What are the goals of individual therapy for the treatment of self-injury? While stopping self-injury is a main goal, before approaching this, the individual first needs to gain a better understanding of the functions of his or her self-injury. According to Wendy Lader, co-founder of S.A.F.E. Alternatives, one goal of treatment is to recognize the impulse to harm oneself as a clue that something bigger is going on. Each time the individual has an urge to self-injure, he or she should ask him/herself, “Why at this moment do I have this impulse? What am I trying to push away or not feel?” (W. Lader, personal communication, April 15, 2009). This will help the person identify common triggers and underlying issues at work. This is the first step in coming up with more positive ways of coping. Becoming aware of self-injury triggers, motives behind them, and productive strategies for resolving underlying issues are typically central goals of treatment... Full Story 
March 19, 2013 – 1,629 views
Miranda Sweet & Janis Whitlock
Many people who struggle with self-injury find that meeting with a therapist is helpful. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about who goes to therapy and what it is really like. This factsheet is dedicated to dispelling some of the common myths surrounding therapy... Full Story 
March 12, 2013 – 1,735 views
Saskya Caicedo & Janis Whitlock
Research into the underlying motivations for self-injury reveals important distinctions between those attempting suicide and those who self-injure in order to manage their stress and cope with overwhelming negative feelings. Most studies find that self-injury is often undertaken as a means of avoiding suicide... Full Story 
March 6, 2013 – 1,790 views
Diana Ballesteros & Janis Whitlock
Stress is our natural way of responding to the demands of our ever-changing world. Although we all experience change and demands regularly, the way that we interpret these internal and external changes directly affects the degree to which we feel stress. As a result, not all individuals interpret the same events as stressful; what may seem stressful to you may not be the same for your best friend, and vice versa... Full Story