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Understanding & Treating Self-Injury

     Self-Mutilation: A growing ineffective means to cope with anger, frustration and disappointment, self-mutilation can cause great concern and challenges for mental health professionals. Learn dynamics involved in this maladaptive practice as well as treatment modalities. Teen Suicide: Adolescents have a higher potential for attempting and completing suicide than the adult population. Completed suicide ranks as the third cause of death for teens. In order to reduce this devastating trend, health care workers, teachers, clergy and parents need to understand some of the underlying causes of teen depression and suicidal ideation. Assessment tools that include physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual components will be included.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this online activity, participants will be able to…

  • Describe the current statistics and population of individuals who self-injure
  • Recall four probable theoretical factors that account for the etiology of self-injury
  • Explain the differences between self-mutilation and suicidal gestures
  • List the antecedent emotions prior to the urge to self-injure

Continuing Education:  

     Continuing Education Hours / Clock Hours for Counselors/Social Workers/ School Psychologists/MFCCs/Play Therapists: 4

NBCC Clock Hours: 4/0.4 CEUs.

Presenter:  Pamela Marcus, RN, APRN/PMH-BC

     Pamela Marcus is currently an Associate Professor of Nursing at Prince George’s Community College.  She was the former Clinical Director for the Crisis Response System where she provided direct patient care as well as clinical supervision for the mobile crisis dispatch team; urgent care clinic; Intensive Family in Home Team; and telephone triage for crisis intervention.  Ms. Marcus is an Advanced Practice Nurse Psychotherapist in Private Practice in Upper Marlboro, Maryland where she provides psychotherapy to patients with a variety of diagnoses. Ms. Marcus lectures and consults extensively on psychiatric nursing.

This online activity is designed for:

     Social workers (LCSW, LMSW, LISW, BSW, AAW), psychologists (Ph.D., Psy.D., Ed.D.) school counselors, school psychologist, professional counselors (LMHC, LCMHC, CMHC, LPC, LCPC), marriage and family therapists (LMFT, LIMFT) art therapists, play therapists, occupational therapists, graduate students, and others in the mental health-related field.  This is an intermediate level online activity which means that individuals who attend should have already received a foundation in play therapy, therapy with children, and/or the topic area being presented.

Outline of Course Times:

Before begging this online activity, please plan ahead roughly 20 minutes for time to set up your computer and log in to participate in the course.

2.00 Hours:  Lecture

  • Statistical & population data of persons who self-injure
  • Theoretical factors that account for the etiology of self-injury

30 Minutes:  Break

2.00 Hours: Lecture & Questions and Answers

  • Differences between self-mutilation and suicidal gestures
  • Antecedent emotions prior to the urge to self-injure

Please feel free to send any questions you may have to and we will get you in touch with the presenter.

How to access online activity after purchase:

     To gain access this online course, the participant will be required to create an account on BizVision.  Once a participant logs into his/her BizVision account and provides payment for the online course, the presentation and any supplementary materials will be made available for use.  A posttest and evaluation will also be sent at the completion of the course to be completed.  Once all aspects of the course have been successfully completed, the participant can expect to receive a certificate of completion via email.

ADA Accommodations:

     If you have a disability that you feel may impede your ability to participate in this online activity, please contact Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars by phone or email at least 3 weeks in advance of the online activity date in order to provide reasonable accommodations.

Provider Certifications:

     CBPS is approved by the District of Columbia and the Maryland Social Work Examiners to sponsor Category 1 continuing education programs; CBPS is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  CBPS solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  NBCC Provider #5763; approved by the National Association of School Psychologists, approval #1067.  CBPS is approved by the Association of Play Therapy; APT Approved Provider 97-034.  CBPS is recognized by SED’s State Board for Social Work, provider #0122 and Mental Health Counselors, provider #MHC-0009 and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, provider #MFT-0008 in New York.  CBPS maintains responsibility for this training.

     An application has been made for social work credits.  Contat CBPS at 240-535-1433 or by email at for information about continuing education credits for social workers.

CE Certificates:

     After completion of the online activity, participants who have provided payment, completed the posttest, and have submitted a course evaluation will receive a certificate of completion via email.  Certificates will be delivered within 30 days of completion of the course.

Grievance Protocol:

     Please contact Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars via email ( or phone (240-535-1433) and we will send you our Grievance Report document for you to fill out and send back to us.  On this form we will need you to provide basic contact information as well as a detailed description of the grievance you wish to report.  All reports will be reviewed, responded to, and appropriate measures will be taken to address any concerns or issues you may have with CBPS, its staff, or training materials.

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