National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy
Healing from Self-Inflicted Violence:
Complex Problem, Simple Solution
The goals of this workshop are to encourage understanding of self-inflicted violence and promote healing from the need for self-injury in a holistic and trauma-informed way. Self-injury is an intense and often misunderstood topic, greatly impacting the lives of those who live with self-inflicted violence as well as those who care about them. The presenter will explore the many meanings associated with the acts of self-injury, and identify what has been both helpful and hurtful in facilitating healing.
The participant will:
· Gain an understanding of the multiple perspectives on the etiology of self-injury, including addiction, trauma, and biopsychiatric theories.
· Identify common misperceptions regarding self-injury and will become familiarized with the many meanings and motivations associated with the acts of self-inflicted violence.
· Become sensitized to individual variances in the function of self-inflicted violence, and gain insight into cultural and environmental influences.
· Identify treatment practices that are either ineffective or harmful to persons living with self-inflicted violence.
· Become familiar with approaches that facilitate healing from the need for self-inflicted violence.
· Identify multiple stressors that arising from caring about persons who self-injure.