A Psychosocial Understanding of Self-injury and Trauma: Wounds and their Meanings

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This book is a key resource for any student or practitioner in the helping professions who wishes to develop a holistic understanding of self-injury.

Debunking common myths and stereotypes, Long uses an interdisciplinary approach to help readers understand the people behind the symptoms. The impact of interpersonal, societal, and intergenerational trauma is considered in depth, as are the key practical implications for research, policy and practice this understanding of self-injury brings.

Though primarily aimed at Counselling and Psychotherapy students, Long considers the challenging processes of help-seeking more broadly, providing useful strategies for responding to self-injury disclosures for practitioners in a range of roles where counselling skills are used, including those in Social Work, Youth Work, Teaching and Nursing.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMaidenhead; Berkshire
Number of pages160
ISBN (Electronic)0335249582
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 21 Jan 2022

Bibliographical note

Maggie Long is a lecturer at Ulster University, Ireland. Her work is cross-border and interdisciplinary, drawing on her background in both sociology and counselling.


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