Self-Damaging Behavior: Delivery of Services in Schools

Almost daily, school counselors come into contact with children and adolescents, an age group considered to be a categorically higher risk for developing self-damaging behaviors. This paper explores strategies for school counselors to use in the intervention and management of adolescents engaged in self-damaging behavior, specifically eating disorders (ED) and self-injurious behaviors (SIB). In addition to a broad overview of recovery theories, the school counselor‘s role in the intervention, referral, education, advocacy, and prevention of these behaviors is also examined. Ultimately, this review reinforces the importance of early intervention in treating self-damaging afflictions.

Kristin M. Evert
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