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104 | Help! My Teen is Self-injuring: A Crisis Manual to Help Teens and Parents

Suicide and Self-harm: Awareness, Prevention, and Postvention, Thursday 9/14 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Mark Mayfield, Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Despite the increase in children and teenagers seeking mental health treatment, rates of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) are on the rise, with approximately one in seven teenagers having had an NSSI episode in the past 12 months. Though not directly correlated, NSSI can strongly predict future suicide ideation. In this workshop, psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders will explore the subtle warning signs of NSSI, discuss the complexity of root causes, and provide actionable and practical tools to support both the teenager and parent.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the current trends that are leading to the increase in non-suicidal self-injury
2. Outline the new, subtle warning signs of NSSI presented by struggling teens
3. Apply actionable and practical tools that can help psychologists, mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders re-think a response with teenagers and parents
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