Suicidal and self-harm behaviors are among a therapist’s most anxiety-provoking concerns, especially when it comes to adolescent and teen clients. Now, with social media amplifying the pressure to gain peer validation and alluring online forums that actually encourage self-harm, we’re seeing an increase of these behaviors. But technology and the internet can also be used therapeutically with our young clients to address and counter self-harm behaviors. In this workshop, discover how to:
- Assess how your client’s social media use might be contributing to self-harm behaviors, and why they might find online self-harm forums alluring
- The most effective strategies to reduce self-harm behaviors, including incorporating technology into treatment, such as self-harm recovery forums, self-harm reduction apps, and peer-support sites
- Involve parents and other caretakers in treatment to increase positive outcomes and engagement
Meagan Houston, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with a private practice. She’s a police psychologist for the Houston Police Department and the author of Treating Suicidal Clients and Self Harm Behaviors: Assessments, Worksheets, and Guides for Interventions and Long-Term Care.