Finding help for self-harming behaviors

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Finding help for self-harming behaviors

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If you suspect that your child is injuring, it’s important to get an assessment and some help. While a pediatrician might be the first place to start, they’re not really qualified to deal at a longer-term basis with the root causes of the self-injury or actually treat self-injury per se. But they may be networked in their community as to who is. So they might have referral sources for people to be able to go to seek out therapy or an assessment. Depending on the age of your child, because young children, you might want to go to a therapist who specializes in young kids and that there are other people who specialize in working with teens. So the pediatrician might be able to point you in the right direction. Another good resource is a school counselor. School counselor is going to know about these behaviors and probably once again who in their community might have experience in dealing with those behaviors.

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Wendy Lader, PhD

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Dr. Lader is co-founder and clinical director of the S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives Program. An internationally recognized expert on the treatment of self-injury, she lectures extensively on the subject and is co-author of the book, Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers as well as Self Injury: A Manual for School Professionals. In addition, she served as the expert for a training video on Self-Injury for the American Psychological Association. Dr. Lader is co- founder of the Self-Injury Foundation and a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury. 

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