The Psychology of Self-Injury: Exploring Self-Harm & Mental Health

Managing Self-Injury in Inpatient Settings, with Dr. Jason Washburn

Episode Summary

Jason Washburn, PhD, ABPP, from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine explains how self-injury and self-harm can effectively and compassionately be managed in inpatient settings.

Episode Notes

When is it appropriate for someone who engages in nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) to be admitted to an acute psychiatric inpatient program? And how realistic is it to expect no self-injury or self-harm to occur at all while in the hospital? How should hospital staff respond and intervene when someone engages in self-injury while on an inpatient unit? In this episode, Dr. Jason Washburn addresses these questions and discusses how hospital staff can foster empathy and compassion for individuals who self-injure while respecting their autonomy and also keeping them safe.

Learn more about Dr. Washburn and his work here. Below are links to some of his work, including his books as editor and new research. To learn more about AMITA Health and its treatment for self-injury, click here

Washburn, J. J. (2014). Self-injury: Simple answers to complex questions. Hoffman Estates, IL: Alexian Brothers Press.

Washburn, J. J. (2019). Nonsuicidal self-injury: Advances in research and practice . New York: Routledge.

Slesinger, N. C., Hayes, N. A., & Washburn, J. J. (2021). Understanding predictors of change in a day treatment setting for non-suicidal self-injury. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, and Practice, 94, 517–535.

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