Review the Learning Resources on self-harm in adolescence. Conduct additional research on this topic.
Imagine that you are tasked with presenting on self-harm at a professional conference. You need to be able to educate others on what to look for and how to approach an adolescent who is showing signs of self-harm.
Download the Walden University Writing Center’s PowerPoint template from the Learning Resources and use it for this Assignment. If needed, consult the Microsoft resource on recording narration.
BY DAY 7
Submit a 5- to 6-slide narrated PowerPoint presentation explaining the indicators of self-harm, appropriate interventions, and follow-up steps for professionals needing to respond to adolescents who self-harm. Self-harm is a serious and complex issue that can have serious consequences for adolescents. It is important for professionals who work with adolescents, such as teachers, counselors, and healthcare providers, to be aware of the indicators of self-harm and to know how to respond appropriately.
Some common indicators of self-harm in adolescents may include:
Unexplained cuts, bruises, or burns on the skin
Frequent requests for medical attention
Wearing long sleeves or long pants, even in warm weather, to cover up injuries
Changes in mood or behavior, such as becoming isolated or withdrawing from activities
Making statements about wanting to die or hurt oneself
If you suspect that an adolescent may be self-harming, it is important to take their concerns seriously and to respond in a supportive and non-judgmental way. Some appropriate interventions for adolescents who self-harm may include:
Providing emotional support and listening actively to the adolescent’s concerns
Encouraging the adolescent to seek professional help, such as from a mental health counselor or physician
Helping the adolescent to identify and cope with stressors or triggers that may be contributing to their self-harm behaviors
Providing education about healthy coping strategies and alternatives to self-harm
Monitoring the adolescent’s safety and well-being, including keeping track of their injuries and seeking medical attention if necessary
After an adolescent has self-harmed, it is important for professionals to follow up with appropriate care and support. This may include ongoing mental health treatment, such as counseling or medication management, as well as monitoring the adolescent’s progress and providing ongoing support and guidance. It is also important to involve the adolescent’s parents or guardians in the treatment and follow-up process, as appropriate.
PowerPoint slides should present bulleted text on the slides with a full transcript of the presentation in the notes section. Please use the Learning Resources and additional research to support your presentation. Include citations and a Reference slide to document the sources you have used.