Why you'll love this course

Angela Caldwell has been working with self-injury for more than 15 years. She gets it. She shows you how to approach people who self-injure fearlessly, with clarity, empathy, and understanding that go far beyond what self-injuring clients may be used to.

Course description

When an adolescent engages in cutting, burning, or other intentional self-harm, parents (and often therapists) understandably panic. But careful assessment is necessary in order to intervene appropriately. When a person who self-injures is not suicidal, treating their actions as suicidal and taking steps like hospitalization only increases their stress and isolation. Similarly, when someone who self-injures does not meet criteria for a Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis, a Borderline treatment plan is generally not a good fit. In this course, Angela Caldwell, LMFT addresses the effective conceptualization and treatment of non-Borderline, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). She describes conceptualization, assessment, and treatment options, and examines the family dynamics that can serve as a petri dish for self-injury.

1 Hour CE. Recorded Video Format (non-interactive). 

Content advisory: This course contains a brief reference to sexual assault.

Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between suicidality, Borderline Personality Disorder, and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI)

  • Identify at least two common ingredients in the development of NSSI

  • Describe at least two interventions that can reduce instances of self-injury

Course outline

1. Defining non-suicidal self-injury

i. NSSI versus suicide

ii. NSSI versus Borderline Personality Disorder

2. Understanding NSSI

i. Correlates

ii. Conceptualizations

iii. Common dynamics

3. Treating NSSI

i. Goals

ii. Interventions



Angela Caldwell, MA, LMFT

Angela Caldwell, MA, LMFT is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#45163). She serves as founder and director of the Caldwell Family Institute in Los Angeles, specializing in family-based treatment. She is an adjunct professor at California State University Northridge, teaching systems theory and related courses. She has specialized training and experience in family-based treatment for non-suicidal self-injury.

Additional Information

Format and Length:

Recorded Video format (non-interactive). Total running time 65 minutes

Topic Area:

Clinical Practice

Instructional Level:

Intermediate. This course assumes graduate-level knowledge of common family structures and their range of impacts on functioning.

Completion Requirements:

To obtain your CE certificate, you must progress through all course segments, complete a satisfaction survey, and obtain a score of 80% or higher on a course completion quiz. The course completion quiz can be retaken multiple times until passed.

Completion Quiz and Course Evaluation:

After watching course videos, the course completion quiz will be available to complete, followed by the course evaluation.

Who Should Attend:

Psychologists, counselors, masters or doctoral level clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Publication and Review Dates:

Course Published: June 29, 2020 

Financial Support Statement:

SimplePractice Learning pays course presenters for their teaching. There is no other financial support for this course.

Conflict of Interest Statement:

There is no potential conflict of interest or outside commercial support for this course.

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Contact Information:

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Continuing Education Approvals:

SimplePractice is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 1 hour of continuing education (1 CE credit) for psychologists.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6961. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. SimplePractice is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

SimplePractice, #1749, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Simple Practice maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 07/06/2020 – 07/06/2021. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 continuing education credit in the Clinical topic area.

SimplePractice is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #145276). SimplePractice maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

SimplePractice is approved as a Rule/Statute Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling. Note that we do not automatically report CE completion to CE Broker at this time, so certificates of completion must be manually uploaded. Click here for more information.

SimplePractice LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0582.

SimplePractice is approved to provide continuing education activities for Social Workers in the state of Texas. Social Work CE Provider Number 7678.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. Click here to view our complete CE approval information, or check out our collection of NAADAC approved courses.