How to assist children/families of self-injurious behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic/working remotely

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How to assist children/families of self-injurious behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic/working remotely presented by Jennifer King, LCPC, CRC, LCMT | Friday, December 11, 2020 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. FREE: 1 CEU for LCPC/LPC, LCSW/LSW, & Psychologists. REGISTER NOW!

Self-Injury is a disturbing phenomenon that people engage in for a variety of reasons.  Treatment of self-injurious behaviors involves teaching new skills to cope with and manage SIB impulses and triggers, and to understand the reasons for and alternatives to the behaviors. Interrupting the patterns involved in the complex thinking-feeling-reacting cycle is emphasized, and the recognition of alternatives is developed. While the ultimate goal is that the person will not engage in self-destructive behaviors, during treatment, it is not uncommon for SIB to continue or even increase. Our goal is to help the person begin to develop alternative adaptive coping skills and options for these behaviors and support an increase in willingness to maintain safety.

This one-hour discussion will provide:

Increased understanding of SSI/NSSI

Education on myths, the functionality of SIB, interventions, and treatment options

Impact to families; options for communication and support; addressing virtual service during COVID

Jennifer King is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), and Licensed Clinical Massage Therapist (LCMT) who began developing skills in the mental health field, somatic work, and in group work over twenty-five years ago.  Jennifer’s background as a Rehab Counselor and Massage Therapist brings a unique perspective to the counseling field with expertise in working with individuals with disabilities, including individuals with severe mental illness and psychosis. Jennifer began her career at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in 2015 having worked in the SIRS (Self-Injury Recovery Services Outpatient PHP/IOP) program and in the Adolescent PHP/IOP program prior to joining the Adult PHP/IOP team where she currently treats patients.  Jennifer remains as one of ABBHH’s self-injury experts supporting clinicians and patients in all service lines across the hospital, including in-patient and medical units across the system.   Jennifer has given presentations on Self-Injurious Behavior to many schools, academic professionals, and parents throughout the Chicagoland area, as well as multiple webinars on the topic as a continuing education provider.  Prior to joining the team at Alexian Brothers, Jennifer worked at Edward J. Hines Veterans Hospital treating veterans with severe mental illness, PTSD, addictions, and other co-morbidities with a focus on removing barriers to increasing quality of life and vocational potential.  Jennifer has a private practice in Elgin, Illinois where she serves adults 18+ with a variety of mental health issues and specializes in trauma healing/recovery work. Jennifer loves supporting individuals of all ages by releasing barriers to improve their functioning and expand themselves into living their fullest potential.