Self-Injury: Cutting Through the Tension - 19-GANN-F3-0128

Self-Injury: Cutting Through the Tension

by Connie Vogel, PhD, RN, CNE
(4.8 / 30 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

Price: $5.00
CE-PRO Price: $2.50


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5 of the American Psychiatric Association considers nonsuicidal self-injury as a condition for further study. The manual defines NSSI as “intentional self-inflicted damage to the surface of the body of the sort likely to induce bleeding, bruising, or pain with the expectation that the injury will lead to minor or moderate physical harm.” There is no suicidal intent. 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 healthcare professionals about the disorder, causes, assessment, and treatments.


The goal of this continuing education program is to give nurses, occupational therapists, EMTs/paramedics, and social workers a better understanding of and 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 and promote assessment and intervention strategies

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, paramedics and EMTs, occupational therapists and social workers.
Paramedics and EMTs: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Advanced CEH by OnCourse Learning, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).

Course Originally Released on: 11/22/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/14/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 3/29/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC 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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stephanie h - brownwood, TX  ·  Oct 12, 2019
really good course on self harm
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Frank O - Tucson, AZ  ·  Oct 10, 2019
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Travis N - Fallon, NV  ·  Sep 22, 2019
I liked course content.
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Gerry B - LAKE MARY, FL  ·  Aug 13, 2019
It was easily understood.
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Brandi F - Albany, OR  ·  May 19, 2019
Great information about the reasons for self harm and how to communicate with patient
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Price: $5.00
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