As part of a collaboration between the University of Guelph and McGill University, we are a non-profit outreach initiative providing information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure, those who have recovered, and those who want to help.

Health Professionals

Resources for Medical and Mental Health Professionals

Below, you’ll find several key resources regarding non-suicide self-injury for health professionals. If there are any resources you would like to see added to this list, please click here to let us know.


Cloutier, P., Martin, J., Kennedy, A., Nixon, M. K., & Muehlenkamp, J. J. (2010). Characteristics and co-occurrence of adolescent non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal behaviours in pediatric emergency crisis services. Journal of Youth and Adolescentce, 39, 259-269.

Klonsky, E. D. & Muehlenkamp, J. J. (2007). Self-injury: A research review for the practitioner. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63, 1045-1056.


The following books can be found at most major books stores and websites.

Nixon, M. K., & Heath, N. L. (2009). Self injury in youth: The essential guide to assessment and intervention. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group.

This book has chapters specifically devoted to assessment, triage and referral for self-injury.

Klonsky, E.D., Muehlenkamp, J.J., Lewis, S. P. & Walsh, B. (2011). Non-suicidal self-injury. Hogrefe & Huber, Cambridge, MA. 

This is an accessible and practical book providing mental health professionals with an overview of non-suicidal self-injury and a clear guide to assessment and empirically-informed treatment.

Gratz, K. L., & Chapman, A. L. (2009). Freedom from self-harm: Overcoming self-injury with skills from DBT and other treatments. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.

This is a book for people who self-injure to support them in their efforts to stop self-injuring. It is also useful for those working with individuals who self-injure as a guide.

Nock, M. K. (2009). Understanding nonsuicidal self-injury: Origins, assessment, and treatment. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

This book provides professionals with excellent current research overviews and information on self-injury.

Schmidt, U., & Davidson, K. (2004). Life after self-harm: A guide to the future. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

This is a good simple guide for those who self-injure to walk them through how to stop. Can be used by professionals working with youth who self-injure as a guide/workbook.

Hollander, M. (2008). Helping teens who cut: Understanding and ending selfinjury. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

This book is helpful for professionals or parents trying to understand self-injury in adolescents.

Conterio, K., Lader, W., & Bloom, J. K. (1998). Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers. New York: Hyperion Inc.

This classic book by some leading clinicians in self-injury describes important elements in a program for healing for those who self-injure. Helpful for both professionals and individuals who self-injure.

Walsh, B. W. (2005). Treating self-injury: A practical guide. New York: Guilford Press.

This book by a leading clinician in the field of self-injury is an excellent resource for professionals working with those who self-injure.





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