Why You'll Love This Course

For many families (and their therapists), the topic of self-injury is scary, gory, and mysterious. Angela Kahn makes the topic understandable by breaking down the family dynamics that can lead to the development of self-injury. She brings insights you can use in your work with self-injurers immediately.

Course Description

Non-suicidal self-injury appeared in the DSM-5 for the first time as a Condition for Further Study. As research on this behavior grows, treatment options are expanding as well. In this interview, Angela Kahn, LMFT, talks with John and RJ about her unique, family-based approach to treating non-suicidal self-injury. Topics include defining self-injury, two common profiles of self-injury, and the theoretical basis for a family-based, treatment team approach.

Audio format; 78 minutes

Learning Objectives

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

  • Differentiate between two common profiles of self-injury.

  • Identify two family dynamics that, when combined, can contribute to self-injury.

  • Describe a family-based approach to self-injury treatment.


RJ Thomas, LMFT and John Webber, LMFT

R.J. Thomas and John Webber are both licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in private practice in the Los Angeles area. R.J. works with individuals, couples, and families from a systemic perspective. He is trained in Structural Family Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy. He also conducts family therapy trainings. John works from an existential-humanistic perspective and sees himself helping individuals, couples and families find meaning in their lives. He has been a guest lecturer at USC. RJ and John both share a history in media production and journalism. They co-host the Talking Therapy podcast.

This course is not part of our continuing education program approved through NAADAC. For more information, please see our Approvals page.