13th Annual Opening Pandora's Box Conference

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:15pm

Widener University

Heart-Shaped Word CloudSelf-injury is intentionally hurting the body (e.g. cutting, burning etc..) but without suicidal intent. Because it often looks like a suicidal gesture it can be really confusing and stressful for those who live with or care about someone who self-injures. It is, after all, quite puzzling.  Why would someone choose to cut up or otherwise hurt his/her body in way that looks like a suicide attempt but then insist that it actually has nothing to do with suicide at all?

Join us for a discussion of why self-injury happens, why and how it stops, and what family and friends can do to support a self-injurious loved one and themselves along the way.


Participation in this conference will enable you to:

  • Identify the developmental and contextual contexts contributors to development, maintenance and cessation of non-suicidal self-injury
  • Identify key features of self-injury epidemiology, function, and recovery
  • Describe vectors for contagion and spread
  • Understand and apply core principles and practices in effective self-injury detection and intervention
  • Discuss implications of the above for development of protocols and intervention strategies
  • Identify useful NSSI resources, including a new web-based self-injury training (articles, books, websites)

Early registration discount through Wednesday, May 11th!

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