The topic of self–mutilation is defined and located within the range of other self–destructive behaviours such as parasuicide. A detailed examination of the origins and functional nature of self–injury forms the basis for the authors′ recommendations towards providing services in this area.
The issues facing those who work with people who self–injure are examined in detail. The authors have drawn on their experience to formulate a theoretical foundation with practical guidelines for work in various settings, including psychotherapy. The importance of supervision and support for practitioners working in this area is stressed.
2. The cross–cultural and historical context of self–injury.
3. Self–injury and social forces.
4. The origins and functions of self–injury for individuals.
5. Principles of working with people who self–injure.
6. Working in particular settings with people who self–injure.
7. Therapy with people who self–injure.
Could readers of this book actually find themselves better able to deal with people who self–harm? Quite possibly – I feel that there is much of immediate practical value, in particular the persuasive argument that for many people, self–harm can be a genuine coping mechanism which brings relief from an unbearable mental state. ′
′This book is extremely well researched and written. The authors have managed that difficult balance between making sure that all their information is appropriately referenced and keeping the book readable. It is more than readable, it is a book that is really interesting to read...′