Vistas Online 2016

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.


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

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