shopping cart
nothing in cart
browse by subject
new releases
best sellers
sale books
browse by author
browse by publisher
about us
upcoming events
May 25th - The Leadership Edge: Empower and engage employees for maximum performance [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
May 26th - Practical Tips for Helping Children and Young People on the Spectrum During the Pandemic - webinar [Leading Edge Seminars]
May 26th - Foundations of Coaching: Build stronger communication and leadership skills through coaching tools and techniques [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
May 27th - Healing Trauma in Couples Therapy - webinar [Leading Edge Seminars]
May 27th - *canceled* AFCC 57th Annual Conference - When a Child Rejects a Parent: Are We Part of the Problem or the Solution? [AFCC - Association of Family and Conciliation Courts]
schools agencies and other institutional orders (click here)
Free shipping across Canada, for the foreseeable future. Please read our Covid-19 statement here.
Join our mailing list! Click here to sign up.
Managing Self-Harm : A Guide for Clinicians
Motz, Anna (Edt)
Routledge / Brunner/Mazel / Softcover / 2009-09-01 / 1583917055
Self Harm
reg price: $66.50 our price: $ 59.85 (may be subject to change)
248 pages
Not in Stock, usually ships in 3-6 business days

Self-harm often arises at moments of despair or emotional intensity, and its reasons are not necessarily available to the conscious mind. Managing Self-Harm explores the meaning and impact of self-harm, and the sense in which it is a language of the body. It is designed to help clinicians, people who self-harm and their families and carers to understand its causes, meaning and treatment.

Each chapter integrates theory with clinical illustration, enabling the direct experiences of those who self-harm to be heard and reflecting the populations that are most likely to self-harm. The contributors are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds, including clinical psychology, psychotherapy, group analysis and psychiatric nursing.

Areas of discussion include:

?• self-harm and young people in foster care and residential settings
• self-harm in women’s secure services
• self-harm in people diagnosed with personality disorder

This book does not offer a prescription for self-harm cessation but rather describes therapeutic approaches to working with self-harm, and outlines the complex, subtle and meaningful interactions between those who engage in self-harm and those who seek to understand it. With a specialist interest in women’s self-harm, Managing Self-Harm will be essential reading for all mental health professionals, including clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses and social workers.


"Caring for people who harm themselves is hard work. This excellent collection of papers, ably edited by Anna Motz, will help those of us who do this difficult work to do it better." - Dr Gwen Adshead, Consultant Forensic Psychotherapist, Broadmoor Hospital, UK

"This book is a welcome antidote to the powerful tendency to see self-harm only as a behaviour that must be stopped, usually because of the feelings the action evokes in others. The authors' exploration of the meaning and communication behind the act offers those that treat or care for people who self-harm a greater understanding on which to base their responses and build a therapeutic approach. The work is based on the words of those that self-harm, as well as theory, the clinical material of experienced clinicians, and research and should go a long way to improving the services offered to those that self-harm." - Dr Diana Menzies, Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, Henderson Hospital Therapeutic Community, UK

"This is a book which challenges on a number of levels and is refreshing and interesting to read. With contributions from clinicians and practitioners, as well as those who self-harm, the reader is invited to see self-harming behaviour as a form of language, and to think carefully about its meaning. It is both compassionate and unflinching, offering suggestions about understanding behaviours which are difficult to experience, to witness and to read about… It does not shy away from difficult issues or complex theoretical discussion, yet it would be accessible to practitioners and managers in a variety of settings. I would also whole-heartedly recommend this book for students. It implicitly questions the often crass distinctions between the ‘medical’ and ‘social’ models offered up (particularly) to social work students. This collection also provides a sustained and illuminating application of psychodynamic and systemic theories, in context, unvarnished, and always thought-provoking." - Alison Higgs, Journal of Social Work Practice, Vol. 24 No. 2, June 2010

"The book can help social workers understand the theoretical underpinnings of this complicated behavioral attack on the body, while also offering clinical cases to illuminate how multi-disciplinary professionals can and do respond in these situations." - Michelle R. Munson, Clinical Social Work Journal

Table of Contents

Motz, Introduction. Part I: Understanding Self-Harm. Motz, Self-Harm as a Sign of Hope. Motz, Jones, The Paradox of Self-Harm. Part II: The Wider Context: Systemic Issues and Self-Harm. Scanlon, Adlam, "Why Do You Treat Me This Way?" Reciprocal Violence and the Mythology of Self-Harm. Norris, Maher, The Trap: Self-harm and Young People in Foster Care and Residential Settings. Grocutt, Self-Harm and Attachment. PART III: Women, Self-Harm and Treatment Issues. Kleinot, Speaking with the Body. Greenwood, Absences, Transitions and Endings: Threats to Successful Treatment. Lawday, Self-Harm in Women’s Secure Services: Reflections and Strategies for Treatment Design. Grocutt, Self-Harm Cessation in Secure Units. Motz, Conclusion: "If you prick us do we not bleed?" The Meaning and Management of Self-Harm.

About the Editor

Anna Motz is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with Thames Valley Forensic Mental Health Services. She has particular interest in psychoanalytic approaches to understanding and treating violence and self-harm. She is the Past President of the International Association for Forensic Psychotherapy and the author of The Psychology of Female Violence: Crimes Against the Body (Second Edition,2008).

Caversham Booksellers
98 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Canada
(click for map and directions)
All prices in $cdn
Copyright 2020

Phone toll-free (800) 361-6120
Tel (416) 944-0962 | Fax (416) 944-0963
E-mail [email protected]
Hours: 9-6 Mon-Sat / Closed Sunday (EST)

Click here to read previous issues.
Motz, Anna
other lists
Self Harm
Taylor and Francis