NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Self-Injury: Recognition & Treatment

PSYC 600




Instructor: Terence Barrett

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Correspondence

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $375

Course Description:

Overview of the current understanding of the dynamics of self injurious behavior, of the prevalence of various types of harmful behavior, and of the populations most at risk. (CCN). This course will also include an exploration of treatment suggestions for working with individuals who self-injure.


1.  Develop a theory to understand the purpose of self-injury;

2. Recognize the various forms of self-injury;

3.  Know the relationship between self-injury and suicidal behavior;

4.  Become familiar with diagnoses in which self-injury is typical;

5.  Be famiiar with decisions a therapist must consider before initiations of therapy;

6.  Understand inherent limitations in prevention efforts;

7.  Become familiar with effective therapy logistics and reasonable treatment goals;

8.  Demonstrate level of achievement of course objectives through completion of workbook and written assignments.


Bodily Harm, Karen Conterio & Wendy Lader, 1998

Women Who Hurt Themselves, Dustry Miller, 1994

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