Working with Self-Harming Adolescents


A Collaborative, Strengths-Based Therapy Approach

Mental health professionals and affiliated professionals in schools are seeing more and more adolescents who cut and burn themselves, abuse alcohol and drugs, have eating disorders, or who engage in excessive risk taking. Yet the literature on this behaviour remains scant. Matthew Selekman provides readers with a comprehensive, highly practical approach to working with this challenging group of clients. Working with Self-Harming Adolescents offers readers effective guidelines for how parents can prevent and constructively manage self-harming episodes, discusses the major aggravating factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of this problem among youth, and offers an integrative and flexible solution-oriented approach for treatment. Another important feature of this book is the innovative, skill-based Stress-Busters’ Leadership Group, which can be run in schools or any treatment setting.

Author Bio:

Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, a certified addictions counselor, and a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Matthew provides couples therapy, family therapy, group therapy, individual therapy, and individual and group supervision in his private practice office in Skokie, Illinois, USA. He is the 2006, 2000, and 1999 recipient of the Walter S. Rosenberry Award offered by the Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado for having made significant contributions to the fields of psychiatry and the behavioural sciences. Matthew has published numerous family therapy articles and books.


“This book is not only on the razor’s edge of innovative, effective therapy—it is a cut above.” – Bill O’Hanlon

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Working With Self-Harming Adolescents: A Collaborative, Strengths-Based Therapy Approach

Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents (2nd Edition)

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Weight .5 kg

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