Self-Injury - SW608


Cutting Through the Tension

by Sandy Hannon-Engel, PhD, RN, CS, PMHNP-BC
(4.5 / 291 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Social Work (1.00 CE ClockHr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


The North American Nursing Diagnosis Association defines self-mutilation as the “deliberate self-injurious behavior causing tissue damage with the intent of causing nonfatal injury to attain relief of tension.” Self-injurious behavior can have serious consequences for the person and elicit feelings of helplessness from caregivers. This module will provide the knowledge to dispel the mystery and promote effective treatment for people who engage in self-injurious behavior. It informs readers about the disease, causes, assessment and treatments.


The goal of this program is to give nurses, paramedics and EMTs, occupational therapists and social workers a better understanding of and promote effective assessment and intervention strategies for people who engage in self-injurious behavior. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define “self-injury”
  • Provide three reasons why people engage in self-injurious behavior
  • Discuss assessment and intervention strategies

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including urses, paramedics and EMTs, occupational therapists and social workers.
Social workers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title., provider # 1203, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: February 15, 2010 to February 15, 2010 to February 15, 2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. is also accredited by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 continuing education clock hour. maintains responsibility for the program.
Course delivery format: Online

Social Workers
Social Work Practice Levels: Advanced
Course Completion Requirements and Awarding Certificate
After reading the presentation, complete the course test online. With a score of 75% or better and completing the evaluation, you may immediately print your CE certificate of completion or save a pdf of it for your records. You may also request a copy to be sent to you by mail. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. In the event of loss, there is no charge for a replacement copy of a CE certificate.
Jurisdictional Requirements
Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, click here.
Accommodations for Disabilities
Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodation; please contact the CE office at (800) 866-0919.
Grievance Procedure is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with accreditation agencies and boards. will comply with all responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in activities, program content, and in treatment of participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Executive Vice President,, Global Programming, and members of the continuing education division.
While attempts to assure fair treatment of all participants, we recognize grievances that may require intervention. Grievances are handled in the following manner:
When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance, the Executive Vice President,, Global Programming, will evaluate the nature of the complaint. If it is meritorious, the Executive Vice President,, Global Programming, will instruct the staff to implement any necessary changes in the course. The complainant will receive a response from the Executive Vice President,, Global Programming, or designated staff within 5 working days.
You may file a complaint by telephone or email.
Telephone #: 800.866.0919


Course Originally Released on: 5/20/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/20/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/20/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

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christine c - rocky river, OH  ·  Sep 05, 2015
It was an excellent summary of self-injury
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vilma M - Floral Park, NY  ·  Aug 21, 2015
very informative with explicit techniques to help self injuriers
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Amy S - Highland Park, IL  ·  Aug 13, 2015
I learned alot about self injury that I didi not know before. I Foudn the course helpful and interesting.
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Amy S - Mandeville, LA  ·  Jun 30, 2015
The course was very informative.
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Ashelie B - Franklinton, LA  ·  Jun 16, 2015
I thought the course was informative and educational. There was information in this course that I caught my attention - such as a reason for self mutilation is to self-nurture.
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Price: $10.00
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