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Understanding self-injury: Psychoanalytical approaches to understanding self-injury

This chapter by Richard Curen and Pauline Heslop on psychoanalytical approaches to understanding self-injury can be found in the book: Understanding and Working with People with Learning Disabilities Who Self-injure edited by Pauline Heslop and Andrew Lovell. Adopting a predominantly psychological approach, the book provides carers with up-to-date information and resources to provide appropriately individualised care to people with learning disabilities who self-injure.

Understanding and Working with People with Learning Disabilities who Self-Injure synthesises traditional (behavioural) and newer (psychological) approaches to understanding self-injury, drawing on psychoanalytic and social theory to provide practical guidelines for more sustained and effective support. It suggests that motivations for self-injury may be similar for people with and without learning disabilities, and draws on case work examples to suggest person-centred techniques that encourage communication – particularly important with people who do not use verbal communication - and recovery. The book covers a range of specific needs, including people with autism who self-injure, and emphasises the views of people with learning disabilities themselves and their families about what has worked best, and why. At the end of each chapter, a variety of practical implications for the provision of support are given.

This book is for those supporting people with learning disabilities who self-injure and will be a useful resource for social workers, psychologists, counsellors, learning support workers, nurses and social and health care students.

http://www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781849052085
Last updated on: Monday, 03 March 2014

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