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Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Cutting Through the Pain
Krystal D. Humphreys, Wendy Risner, Janet Froeschle Hicks, and Michael Moyer
The number of youth presenting with self-injurious behaviors has increased over the past several years. For school counselors, this has brought a need for relevant information, training, and treatment strategies. This article offers pertinent information on self-injury such as a definition, the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, common misconceptions, prevalence, risk factors, cultural differences, the cycle of self-injury, ethical and legal considerations, and concludes with treatment options.
Keywords: non-suicidal self-injury, children, adolescents, dialectical behavior therapy, school counseling, butterfly project