Originally published in hardcover as Living on the Razor's Edge
Adolescent self-harming behavior is on the rise. Mental health professionals and affiliated professionals in schools are seeing more and more adolescents who cut and burn themselves, abuse alcohol and drugs, have eating disorders, or who engage in excessive risk taking. Yet the literature on this behavior remains scant. Matthew Selekman provides readers with a comprehensive, highly practical approach to working with this challenging group of clients.
Working with Self-Harming Adolescents offers readers effective guidelines for how parents can prevent and constructively manage self-harming episodes, discusses the major aggravating factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of this problem among youth, and offers an integrative and flexible solution-oriented approach for treatment. Another important feature of this book is the innovative, skill-based Stress-Busters’ Leadership Group, which can be run in schools or any treatment setting.. --- from the publisher
"Selekman delicately balances respect for clients' expertise on their lives with a kaleidoscope of creative action-oriented techniques, wlecoming and encouraging therapist improvisation, not imposition." -- Harlene Anderson, Ph.D., author of Conversation, Language and Possibilities: A Postmodern Approach to Therapy
Foreword by Bill O’ Hanlon
1. The Multisystemic Family Assessment Framework:
A Kaleidoscopic Method of Inquiry
2. Improvisational Systemic Interviewing: Crafting and Selecting Meaningful Questions
3. Cognitive Skills and Mood-Management Training: Changing Self-Defeating Thoughts and Promoting Self-Soothing
4. Changing the Family Dance: Solution-Oriented Therapeutic Experiments and Strategies
5. Untangling Family-Helping-System Knots: Facilitating Transformative Dialogues
6. Going at it Alone: One-Person Family Therapy
7. Riding the Waves of Change: Goal-Maintenance and Solution- Enhancement Strategies
8. The Stress-Busters’ Leadership Group
About the Author:
Matthew D. Selekman, MSW, LCSW, is a family therapist in private practice and the co-director of Partners for Collaborative Solutions, an international family therapy training and consulting practice. He is the author of Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents (Second Edition), Solution-Focused Therapy with Children: Harnessing Family Strengths for Systemic Change, and Family Therapy Approaches with Adolescent Substance Abusers.