The root cause of self-injury in kids

Psychologist Wendy Lader, PhD, explains the root cause of self-injury in kids to help parents help their children who self-injure
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The root cause of self-injury in kids

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The root cause of self-injury, generally, is that someone has intense emotional states, that they are having a hard time dealing with. What creates those emotional states is what the therapy is all about. In our program, our whole program, our treatment is designed to try to go backwards from today and what's creating some problems from that person, back to what may have created the original problem. The way we do that is, every time someone has the impulse to injure, we want to know, at that moment, are they having that impulse? Then we take all of those things and try to find a pattern, that can take us back to the original cause.

Psychologist Wendy Lader, PhD, explains the root cause of self-injury in kids to help parents help their children who self-injure

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Wendy Lader, PhD

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Dr. Lader is co-founder and clinical director of the S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives Program. An internationally recognized expert on the treatment of self-injury, she lectures extensively on the subject and is co-author of the book, Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers as well as Self Injury: A Manual for School Professionals. In addition, she served as the expert for a training video on Self-Injury for the American Psychological Association. Dr. Lader is co- founder of the Self-Injury Foundation and a founding member of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury. 

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