Self-Injury - SW608


Cutting Through the Tension

by Sandy Hannon-Engel, RN, PhD, CS, PMHNP-BC and Oren Shtayermman, MSW, PhD
(4.4 / 191 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 individual and elicit feelings of helplessness from caregivers. Even many psychiatric practitioners refuse to treat these high-risk patients because of the suspected poor and chronic prognosis. Numerous stereotypes and misconceptions surround this behavior, resulting in inadequate treatment by professionals and social stigmatization. All healthcare professionals who interact with such patients must understand their own beliefs about self-injury and whether these beliefs help or hinder their ability to provide care.


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.
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Gannett Education, 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. Gannett Education maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: February 15, 2010 to February 15, 2014. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 continuing education clock hour.
Gannett Education 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
Gannett Education is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with accreditation agencies and boards. Gannett Education 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, Gannett Education, Global Programming, and members of the continuing education division.
While Gannett Education 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, Gannett Education, Global Programming, will evaluate the nature of the complaint. If it is meritorious, the Executive Vice President, Gannett Education, 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, Gannett Education, 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: 12/10/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/10/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/10/2015

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

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

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Kimberly D - Campbellsville, KY  ·  Mar 23, 2014
I felt that it was very educational and i learned so much from the course.
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tanya g - Carmel, IN  ·  Mar 12, 2014
informative. easy to understand.
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KERRIE G - Farmingdale, NJ  ·  Mar 04, 2014
Like that they have rationale for the correct answer after the test is taken.
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Mary H - Evergreen Park, IL  ·  Jan 23, 2014
This course presented the material in a dignified and sensitive way. Applicable practice measures were also very helpful.
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patricia i - Silver spring, MD  ·  Nov 08, 2013
The topic of self injury provided information to use in my practice that will be useful and valuble
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