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Self-injury, self-mutilation focus of psychology workshop

June 28, 2010 8:15AM

The second seminar presented through the Department of Psychology and Counseling's 2010 Summer Institute will delve into the darker issues school counselors must address - self-injury, self-mutilation, and suicide.

Dr. Scott Poland, a leading researcher and author of multiple books and publications on school crisis, will present "Self-Injury/Self-Mutilation: Critical Issues, Testimony & Insight" at the seminar on Thursday, July 1. The workshop is being offered for school counselors, administrators and graduate students, some of whom will attend for course credit.

Poland, past-president of the National Association for Suicide Prevention, is currently prevention chairman for the American Association of Suicidology. He is a faculty member and crisis prevention coordinator at NOVA Southeastern University. Poland will be assisted in his seminar by Lori Pede, a college student whose presentations on her own struggles with self-injury have received rave reviews, as well as an award from the National Mental Health Association.

The workshop will address many issues, including how to detect and intervene during dangerous behavior; whether students who self-mutilate are suicidal; and will also examine the "choking game." Additionally, it will cover theories on self-injury, new trends in self-mutilation, and a school's role in these issues.

The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Rick Lindskog at 620-235-4532.

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