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Karen Conterio
Dr. Wendy Lader

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Here is today’s question…do you know what Self Injury means? The dictionary says it is defined as the intentional, direct injuring of body tissue without suicidal intent. There is the assumption that, although temporarily helpful, self-injurious behavior is ultimately a dangerous and futile coping strategy which interferes with intimacy, productivity and happiness. But let’s get it straight, there is no "safe" or "healthy" amount of self-injury. Self-injury is not an addiction over which one is powerless for a lifetime. People can and do stop injuring, with the right kinds of help and support. Self-injury can be transformed from a seemingly uncontrollable compulsion to a choice. Self-injury is one of our society's fastest-growing and most disturbing epidemics. That is today’s subject…self injury. We will talk about the book “Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program For Self Injurers”. We will discuss the S.A.F.E. Alternatives Program (which stands for Self Abuse Finally Ends). This program was founded by our two guests Karen Conterio and Dr. Wendy Lader. They are also the authors of the book. It is our pleasure to welcome Karen Conterio and Dr. Wendy Lader to our show. 

Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-injurers by Karen Conterio and Wendy Lader, Phd. is an authoritative examination of the behavior of self-injury. Written by the founders of S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® (Self Abuse Finally Ends), it clearly defines what self-injury is and explains the kind of emotional trauma that can lead to self-injurious behaviors. It also includes case studies, diaries, and success stories from a diverse group of clients. Most importantly, Bodily Harm, offers a course of treatment based on years of experience, compassion, advice, and hope for the afflicted and their loved ones. An excellent resource for the self-injurer, their families, friends and therapists.

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