Treating Self Injury

A Practical Guide 2nd Edition

By: Barent W Walsh

Treating Self Injury

This trusted practitioner resource is acclaimed for its clear, compassionate, and hopeful approach to working with clients who self-injure. Walsh provides current, evidence-based knowledge about the variety and causes of self-injurious behaviour, its relationship to suicidality, and how to assess and treat it effectively. Illustrated with detailed case examples, chapters review a wide range of cognitive-behavioral interventions. Essential guidance is provided on tailoring the intensity of intervention to each client's unique needs. Walsh is joined by several colleagues who have contributed chapters in their respective areas of expertise. Reproducible assessment tools and handouts can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2’‘ x 11’‘ size.

New to This Edition

  • Incorporates up-to-date research and clinical advances.
  • Now uses a stepped-care framework to match interventions to client needs.
  • Chapters on the relationship between suicide and self-injury, formal assessment, family therapy, and residential treatment for adolescents.
  • Special-topic chapters on the ‘‘choking game,’‘ foreign body ingestion, multiple self-harm behaviors, and self-injury in correctional settings.


  • The most detailed treatment guide for a growing problem, thoroughly revised with 50% new material, including eight new chapters.
  • Evidence based, readable, and practical.
  • Presents a wide array of interventions, now organized from least to most intensive to help clinicians match treatments to clients.
  • Walsh is an active, highly regarded workshop presenter.
  • Several chapters in this edition are contributed by other leading experts on specific aspects of treatment.


Mental health practitioners working with adolescents and adults, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and clinical social workers.

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