David G. Kamen – Self-Injury Assessment & Treatment: Clinical Strategies When Your Client’s Answer to Pain Brings More Pain

David G. Kamen – Self-Injury Assessment & Treatment: Clinical Strategies When Your Client’s Answer to Pain Brings More Pain

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David G. Kamen
6 Hours 6 Minutes
Audio and Video
Sep 15, 2017


Whether the behavior is cutting, burning, piercing, starving, purge, or some other method. Self-harming behaviors and the emotions underlying them know no bounds with respect to race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic class, or gender. Feelings of shame and embarrassment can cause those who engage in self-injury to privately console themselves or befriend other self-injurious peers, which can further intensify the lethality and suicidal intent of their acts. Studies show that professionals who work with adults and youth who self-injure find it to be one of the most challenging psychological issues to treat.

Along with other co-morbid psychiatric disorders including major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and substance abuse, David Kamen, PhD, will equip you with practical, evidence-based tools to assess and treat deliberate self- harm. Risk-management practices for self-injury patients, their parents, families, and friends will be addressed.

There are theoretical and cultural reasons for this epidemic. Practical approaches for individual, group, and family therapy will be shared, along with resources to prepare professionals and caregivers to help those who engage in self-injury.



There is self-injury and treatment correlation.

  • Review the spectrum of self-injurious behaviors
  • Epidemiology of adult and youth self-injury
  • Triage of self-Injury, including:
    • Level-of-care assessment
    • Lethality risk- and protective-factor assessment
    • Functional behavioral analysis of self-injury
    • DSM-5® and ICD-10 diagnostic advances
    • Mental status examination
    • Identification and treatment of co-morbid disorders
    • Treatment planning
    • Coordination of care amongst mental health professionals, educators, and healthcare professionals
    • Specialized clinical personality and art therapy assessment

Linguistic, psychological, and family systems are included.

  • Motivational interviewing; development of therapeutic alliance
  • Exposure with response prevention to extinguish self-injurious behaviors
  • Dialectical behavior therapy tactics
  • Coping skills to break the habit of self-injury
  • Intersubjective and interpersonal therapeutic communication techniques
  • The corrective emotional experience and empathic dialogue
  • Exposure and resolution of self-injury defense mechanisms

There are professional ethics, case management, and liability risk management.

  • Review of bioethical and legal risk management principles, including
    • HIPAA compliance, duty-to-warn issues; ethical and legal dilemmas
  • Tips for:
    • Professional self-care
    • Peer-to-peer collaboration and supervision, to prevent clinician burnout and vicarious traumatization

There is a review of professional, patient, and concierge-focused internet resources.

  • Self-injury psychoeducation
  • Clinical assessment
  • Motivational and therapeutic alliance-assessment
  • Mental health case law and professional ethics websites
  • Self-monitoring of self-injury thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
  • I nternet resources that are immediately usable for schools, parents, and clients
  • Educational and therapeutic use of social networking sites
    • YouTube
    • Facebook
    • Other


David G. Kamen, PH.D. Related seminars and products: 2

David is a doctor. In New Hampshire and Massachusetts, he works with adults, adolescents, and children who engage in self-injurious behavior. Through his work in community mental health and emergency room settings, he has worked with professionals. For many years, Dr. Kamen has been counseling self-injurious patients through individual and group therapy formats using psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and family systems approaches.

The issues of self-injury in victims of child abuse and neglect have been addressed by Dr. Kamen. His research was presented at the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury and the American Psychological Association. The journal deals with behavioral consultation and therapy. As well. There is a trial bar news in New Hampshire. It’s not like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it’s like it Dr. Kamen has been teaching continuing education workshops on the treatment of self-injury since 2009, and is currently writing a book on self-injury.

Speaker disclosures.

The Counseling Center of Nashua has an employment relationship with David Kamen. He is paid by PESI, Inc.

David Kamen is not a financial member of the American Psychological Association.

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