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Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program For Self-Injurers Paperback – October 13, 1999
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Operating a clinic in the Chicago area since 1985, Conterio and Lader have developed a program for people who cut, burn and otherwise mutilate themselves. This behavior, in their view, is neither a disease nor an addiction, but rather "a matter of choice... a mechanism to cope with stress, relieve inexpressible feelings, and gain attention." The authors take this view not to blame the afflicted, but to emphasize that, in their "S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives" program, patients can and do "learn to make a different choice." This tack differs somewhat from those of some other recent books on the subjectAfor example, Steven Levenkron's Cutting (Forecasts, April 20)Ain rejecting the disease model that establishes self-injury as a disorder akin to obsessive-compulsive disorder or alcoholism. The line Conterio and Lader draw is a fine one, though, as they refer to self-injury as a "compulsion," and as the questions they pose to identify a self-injurer includes such phrases as "compulsively drawn," "get a 'high'" and "consume your thoughts." The authors describe an impressive treatment program, using a "toolbox" consisting of psychotherapy, a No-Harm Contract, an Impulse Control Log, Five Alternatives and many writing assignments. In a four-week program with follow-up care, they teach patients self-acceptance and verbal expression as a healthier alternative to self-injury. This is a thorough and helpful guide for patient, loved ones and therapists alike. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Karen Conterio is the Administrative Director of S.A.F.E. (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives. The program was founded by Conterio in 1984 as the first outpatient support group for those who engage in repetitive self-harm behavior. In 1985, she teamed with Wendy Lader, Ph.D., to offer the first structured inpatient program. Wendy Lader, Ph.D., is Clinical Director of the S.A.F.E. Alternatives program. She also serves as a consultant to the Women's Services at the Loop YWCA in Chicago. Both authors live in Chicago.
Top customer reviews
This book is awsome! It is by the people at S.A.F.E. (Self Abuse Finally Ends). I bought my first copy in 2007 when I decided that I finally needed help to stop SI-ing (Self-Injuring). I worked with a Christian Counselor while reading this book.
It is VERY important to do the logs they suggest in this book. I have several notebooks filled with them. By being aware of your emotions and what you're doing when the urge to SI happens, you can begin to change behaviors that cause the urge to SI.
I started SI-ing in 1991 and was finally able to stop in 2009 (after going through this book several times). I ocasionally get the urge to SI now (2016) but it is never as bad as it used to be. And if I do injure, I am able to stop and evaluate what am I actually feeling? is it going to kill me? and what can I do instead?
If the urges ever come back in force, I know this book will always be there for me! What a great resource!