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  • Social Work
  • Psychology
Hours: 2 Contact Hours

Edward A. Selby, PhD

Peer Reviewer(s): Rhonda Goodman, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, NCSN, AHN-BC
Item#: B4300
Contents: 1 Course Book (64 pages)

Self Injury in Adults and Adolescents, 2nd Edition

Price $19.95
Item # B4300
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: February 23, 2019

Expiration Date: February 23, 2022

This intermediate-level course provides clinicians with the most up-to-date information on self-injury so they are better able to assess for the presence of the behavior and provide the best possible treatment. The course describes the various presentations of self-injury, presents a history of the diagnosis, and details developmental considerations, risk factors, and possible biopsychosocial functions of self-injury. Attention is paid to assessing, diagnosing, and treating self-injury in a variety of settings, including mental health and school settings.


  • Social Workers participating in this course will receive 2 (clinical) continuing education clock hours upon successful course completion. Accreditations
  • Psychologists will receive 2 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. APA Approval

Course Objectives

  • Define self-injury, including its prevalence and common presentations.
  • Explain the historical classification of self-injury and its inclusion as a disorder for further investigation in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5).
  • Identify the developmental trajectories for self-injury in adolescents and adults.
  • Identify factors that commonly contribute to the development of self-injury, the possible functions of self-injury, and the health consequences of self-injury.
  • Describe approaches to assessing self-injurious thoughts, behaviors, and methods.
  • Differentiate self-injury from other diagnoses and comorbidities.
  • Explain the approaches to treating self-injury.

Edward A. Selby, PhD, is the director of clinical training and an associate professor in the clinical psychology program at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Selby has extensive research and clinical experience in improving our understanding and treatment of self-injurious behavior. He has published 80 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters – many of which examine nonsuicidal self-injury and suicidal behav­ior – and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, and the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Much of his work is aimed at under­standing the emotional experiences that precede the onset of self-injury, as well as the negative emotional and social consequences that result from such behavior. His recent work has also involved preliminary investigations of the newly proposed nonsuicidal self-injury disorder. Funding has been awarded for Dr. Selby’s research by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Dr. Selby has been extensively trained in major treatments for self-injurious and suicidal behavior, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions. Dr. Selby’s recent work involves developing new treatments for emotional and behavioral problems, including self-injury, using daily digital assessment with smartphones.

Rhonda Goodman, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, NCSN, AHN-BC, is a family nurse practitioner and an assistant professor at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. Goodman has studied self-injury behavior in adolescent females and has published several articles on this topic, as well as presented at conferences on the local, state, national, and international levels. Her main focus of research concerns women’s health and voice.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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