Self-Injury in Youth- Assessment & Preliminary Interventions- February 12,...

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Family Intervention Services

86 South Harrison Street

East Orange, NJ 07018

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Trainer: Natalie Contreras, MA, LPC, ACS

February 12th, 2019 10 am – 12:30 pm East Orange, NJ

Target audience is social workers and counselors of all skill and developmental levels.

Self-harm or Non-suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) is a growing concern for those working with youth. The need to assess for suicidal intent may arise and helpers often struggle with how to proceed. This 2.5 hour workshop provides participants with skills and strategies to assist the worker/clinician to assess for severity of self-injurious behaviors. It will also allow participants to identify different levels of risk which include potential suicidal intent. Preliminary intervention strategies will be introduced and reviewed.

2.5 Clinical CEHs

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

Define self-harm and how it relates to self-injurious behaviors.

Identify reasons why people may self-harm

Devise support plans for self-harming individuals.

Describe protective and risk factors for suicide in the adolescent/young adult population.

Describe assessment skills for suicide.

Describe safety planning skills in response to reported or suspected suicidal ideations through case vignette/role play.


10:00am Introduction and Overview

10:05am Non Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI): Definition and Prevalence

Lecture, Large Group Discussion

Small Group Exercise

10:45am Assessment in NSSI

Correlation with Suicide

Assessment Tools and Strategies

Lecture, Large Group Discussion.

11:30am Preliminary Intervention Strategies

Lecture, Large Group Discussion

Small Group Exercise, Case Vignette

12:20pm Summary and Evaluation


Natalie Contreras, MA, LPC, ACS

Natalie has extensive experience working with high-risk children and their families in agency and private practice settings.

She possesses expertise in cultural competence, crisis intervention and clinical supervision. Natalie provides training

through Rutgers University’s Continuing Education Program, and has taught university graduate level courses.

Continental Breakfast served for all trainings

  • Including coffee, tea and bagels.


  • On your own or feel free to bring lunch with you. Microwave will be available for participants’ use.


COURSE FEE: Course fee is $55.00. A training discount of $50.00 is available for 3 or more registrants from the same organization.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellation of registration and refund of tuition must be requested by the Friday of the week preceding the date of training. Persons not canceling paid registration by this date are ineligible for a refund, but may move their registration to a training held at a later date.


Family Intervention Services, Inc. maintains responsibility for all programs.

  • Self-Injury in Youth: Assessment and Preliminary Interventions. This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #25 Course #1248 from 2/21/2017 – 2/21/2019. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 2.5.

*Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.


Family Intervention Services, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6325. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Family Intervention Services, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

  • Self-Injury in Youth: Assessment and Preliminary Interventions.: Counselors participating in this course will receive 2.5 Clinical continuing education clock hours.

CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS AWARDING OF CERTIFICATES: Participants must attend 100% of all scheduled hours and complete an evaluation form at the end of each training day in order to receive course credits. Participants successfully completing a course will receive a Certificate of Completion upon conclusion of the course.

TRAINING SITE: Essex County: 86 South Harrison Street, East Orange, NJ 07018

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE: FIS welcomes feedback from all participants and encourages the prompt resolution of grievances in a professional and timely manner. FIS seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Grievances regarding a particular training event should be directed to the training instructor. If unresolved, participant will be contacted by the FIS Director of Staff Development & Clinical Services. All grievances are kept confidential and all persons are treated with respect and kindness as the parties involved work to resolve the grievance. If the grievance remains unresolved, it will be directed to the FIS President/CEO to resolve. Social workers not pleased with a grievance resolution provided by Family Intervention Services, Inc. may appeal to the approving entity or their jurisdictional board.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE DIFFERENTLY ABLED: FIS training facilities are handicap accessible and other accommodations will be made available upon request. For questions or special accommodations contact Susan Sterling, FIS Director of Staff Development & Clinical Services, at (973) 586-5243 or

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Family Intervention Services

86 South Harrison Street

East Orange, NJ 07018

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