This book provides a collection of strategies and activities to help children and adolescents who deliberately self-injure. A variety of hands-on creative arts approaches are featured that can be used in private practice and school settings. When working with youth who self-injure it is helpful to have a variety of creative approaches at your fingertips. The approaches and activities in this book can be used with individuals or with a small group. The activities help children/adolescents to express their feelings understand why they self-injure engage in a healing process explore new methods of coping and prevention and find new meaning and purpose in their lives.
The book provides a description of self-injury in young people and its underlying causes. Then an overview of therapeutic approaches is presented along with suggestions for the professional counselor/social worker/psychologist teachers and parents. Sample assessment questions and activities are included.
The following 15 strategies with activities and reproducibles are listed below:
Crucial Communication Skills Creative Journaling Personal Strength Coaching Relaxation/Guided Imagery Visual Arts Metaphors Sand Tray Music Story Telling Tactile Diversion Creative Dramatics Animals and Nature Prayer Power Mentoring Clay