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Helping Teens Who Cut, Second Edition


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Kids Who Deliberately Hurt Themselves
I. Understanding Self-Injury
1. Fact versus Fiction: Bringing Self-Injury into the Light
2. What Sets the Stage for Self-Injury?
3. How Does Hurting Themselves Make Some Kids Feel Better?
4. DBT: The Right Therapy for Your Teen
II. Helping Your Teen in Treatment and at Home
5. Making the Most of DBT
6. Resetting the Stage: How to Help Your Teen Restore Emotion to Its Proper Place
7. Writing a Better Script: New Ways to Discourage Self-Injury
8. Taking Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Teen
9. How to Speak with Siblings, Friends, and the School about Your Child's Troubles
Appendix A. Effectiveness of Adolescent Intensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program
Appendix B. Intensive Treatment Programs
Websites Related to Self-Injury

About the Author

Michael Hollander, PhD, a recognized expert in the treatment of self-injury, has worked with adolescents and their families since 1976. He helped to found the 3East DBT program at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, where he is currently Director of Training and Senior Consultant. Dr. Hollander is Assistant Professor in the psychiatry faculties of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. He trains mental health professionals in DBT worldwide.


"This book debunks myths about cutting and delves deeply into the important information and skills that both teens and parents need to conquer it. Instead of sidelining parents, Dr. Hollander welcomes them into the treatment. He explains how DBT works, how to select and communicate with a therapist, and, best of all, how parents can learn and practice DBT skills along with their kids, for even better results."--Martha B. Straus, PhD, Department of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University New England

"An invaluable resource for parents!"--Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director, Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics, University of Washington; developer of DBT

"This book provides the clearest, most helpful explanation I have ever seen of why teens engage in self-injury--and how parents can help them stop. A 'must read' for parents of teens who cut."--Matthew K. Nock, PhD, Department of Psychology, Harvard University

"Dr. Hollander's compassion and knowledge stem from years of experience with families. In addition to his lucid explanation of DBT principles, I value his wise suggestions for helping siblings, extended family, friends, and school personnel deal with a teen's self-injury. I recommend this book first to parents struggling to help self-injuring children."--Barent W. Walsh, PhD, Executive Director, The Bridge of Central Massachusetts

"Dr. Hollander is wise and empathic. In the second edition of his essential book, he provides hopeful, practical treatment recommendations based on the latest science. He gives parents the gift of his insight into a complex and ever-increasing problem."--Blaise Aguirre, MD, author of Borderline Personality Disorder in Adolescents, Second Edition: What to Do When Your Teen Has BPD

"The rush of emotions and the thoughts that run through your head when you discover that your child self-harms are beyond overwhelming. Dr. Hollander's book provides an instant blanket of relief--you are not alone, and help is attainable. With unparalleled expertise in DBT, he gives you easy-to-understand strategies that enable you to start helping your child immediately. Dr. Hollander's approach has been instrumental in changing our child's path in life."--Lisa L., Belmont, Massachusetts

"This is an interesting text with a good use of case study material, which enriches the pages. It's a practical guide that explains why young people self-harm and dispels some of the myths, which is good. It can be useful for parents to have some knowledge of DBT and to consider implementing some of the strategies... If a young person was receiving DBT, then it would be a very helpful guide for parents alongside the treatment." -

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