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HCC plans seminar on self-injurious behavior

February 01, 2009

Hagerstown Community College will offer a professional seminar, "Detection, Intervention and Treatment of Self-Injurious Behavior," Friday, Feb. 13, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the Merle S. Elliott Continuing Education and Conference Center.

The program, presented in collaboration with Brook Lane, will examine types of self-injurious behaviors, factors that contribute to self-injury, detection, intervention and treatment.

Self-injury, listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as a symptom of borderline personality disorder and depressive disorders, is a type of abnormal behavior characterized by the deliberate injury of body tissue without conscious suicidal intent.

It is estimated that 4 to 38 percent of young adults and adolescents at one time or another have self-injured themselves. The program will discuss the many facets of this disorder and explore case studies highlighting detection, intervention and treatment strategies.

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Professional continuing education credits include 4.25 Category 1 activities for Maryland licensed social workers, psychologists, counselors and therapists, and four contact hours for Maryland licensed nurses and nurse practitioners.

For information or to register, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236, or go to www.hagerstowncc.edu/coned/seminars.

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