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.

School Professionals

Resources for School Professionals

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


Heath, N. L., Toste, J. R., Sornberger, M. J., & Wagner, C. (2011). Teacher’s perceptions of non-suicidal self-injury in the schools. School Mental Health, 3, 35-43.

Lewis, S. P., Heath, N. L., St Denis., J. M., & Noble, R. (2011). The scope of non-suicidal self-injury on YouTube. Pediatrics, 127, 552-557.

Toste, J. R. & Heath, N. L. (2010). School response to non-suicidal self-injury. The Prevention Researcher, 17, 14-17.

White Kress, V. E., Gibson, D. M., & Reynolds, C. A. (2004). Adolescents who self-injure: Implications and strategies for school counselors. Professional School Counselling, 7, 195-201.

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.

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 self-injury. 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.




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