"[This course] has helped build my confidence when talking about NSSI...It has provided me with concrete approaches that I can use...I feel better equipped to support someone utilizing NSSI as a coping mechanism, as well as someone who is trying to stop using it. "
Rachel McDaniel, Student Instructor-Led Course
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury 101 Training
We are pleased to announce a unique set of evidence-informed and web-based education and training courses for individuals interested in understanding non-suicidal self-injury (also sometimes referred to as “cutting”) in youth. The courses are ideal for professionals who work directly with youth in schools or other community based settings but will also be useful for clinicians and parents.
This course was designed especially for professionals who work in schools or other youth-serving settings. Based on current, leading edge science, this training includes detailed information on the who, what, where, when and why of self-injury as well as evidence-informed strategies for detecting, intervening, treating and preventing. It also includes strategies for supporting the development of protocols for managing self-injury in school and other institutional settings.
It is available as a self-paced course and can be taken for 0.8 continuing education credits (CEUs) from Cornell University or from the National Association of Social Workers (8 hours).
Click the “Non-suicidal self-injury 101” tab on the left for more information about the course options and to register or click the registration buttons below.
Available now: Non-suicidal self-injury: A Brief Course
In addition to our two full length courses, we also offer a “mini” version of the course. This course is perfect for individuals who interact with youth who self-injure and need to know primarily how to effectively notice and respond. This includes teachers, youth workers, front line staff, and anyone else who may need some but not a lot about how to detect and respond to a self-injurious young person. We estimate this course will take around 1.5-2 hours to complete.
Cost for the abridged version is $40. Group discounts are available on this course offering.
Available now: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury 101 for Parents
This version of the web based workshop is designed specifically for parents of youth who self-injure. It will include much of what is in the current training but will address issues unique to parenting someone who self-injures.
The cost of this course is $40, though discounts are given if needed
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury 101: A Web-Based Training
NSSI 101 can be taken as a self-paced or instructor-led course, is designed for individuals who need to know a significant amount about what self injury is, where it comes from, what it is clinically associated with, how to respond individually and institutionally, and best practices in intervention and prevention.
There are two versions of the full 8-11 hour NSSI 101 course: a self-paced version and (periodically) an instructor led version. Both versions include videos, audio segments from well known self-injury researchers and treatment specialists assignments and quizzes. The course will take between 8 and 11 hours, depending on the format you choose. There are discounts for students, groups, and parents. Scroll down for more information on discounts. Please note, we do not currently have an instructor led course scheduled.
The content for the course is the same regardless of format but the facilitated version
Offers a higher number of CEUs
Will allow discussion and strategies exchange with other students and with the instructor, an expert in NSSI
Allows for international participation and exchange
Increases the likelihood of course completion, since there are expectations about progress over the 3 week period.
“[My favorite part of this training was] the in depth nature of the course [and] the various modes of delivery through handouts, readings, and videos/audio. I think this course was exceptionally well made and will be extremely useful in my future. “ – Jackie Benning, Student Self-Paced Course
Please note that we are working with Cornell’s premier e-education service provider, e-Cornell, to make this offering possible so you will be asked to sign up for an account at e-Cornell when you register.
The course is designed to provide participants with broad grounding in non-suicidal self-injury, particularly as it shows up in adolescence and young adulthood. It contains material related to:
Although a review for some of you, this section focuses on the features of brain, body, and identity
development that affect self-injury onset, maintenance and recovery in the adolescent and young adult
years. Since self-injury is most common during this time, understanding the way they are linked is
Non-suicidal self-injury basics:
In this section we get into the who, what, where, when and why of self-injury. We also discuss the
important but poorly understood relationship between non-suicidal self-injury and suicide thoughts and
behaviors, common myths, and factors that influence contagion.
Detection and intervention:
Here we cover what you need to know about effective detection and responding, managing contagion, and
common treatment approaches. There are also dedicated sections on effective intervention strategies and
on and the nuts and bolts of developing protocols for handing self-injury in institutional settings.
This section focuses primarily on how and why self-injury ends, what to expect as recovery happens, how
you can best support the recovery process, and how self-injury can open opportunities for psychological
The final section covers prevention of self-injury behavior.
For more information, please visit our FAQ section.
Are you a NYS Cornell cooperative extension educator?
All versions of Non-suicidal self-injury 101 are free to NYS Cornell cooperative extension educators. If you are an educator interested in enrolling in the course, please call (607) 255-6179 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: A Course for Parents
We are excited to announce that we now offer a 2 hour course specifically tailored for parents. This brief course is ideal for those who have recently learned that their child or a child they care about is self-injuring or who simply want to understand more about self-injury and what they can do to support the recovery process.
Parents and other caregivers are critical allies in the recovery process. This course takes a strength-based and collaborative approach to help parents support themselves, their child and their family during what can be a difficult time. It aims to support and inspire, where possible, and to help parents understand their child and their own reactions. It is intended to enhance knowledge, skill and hopefulness.
This course is designed to help participants understand what self-injury is, why people do it, when and how it stops, and how someone can meaningfully support the recovery process. It also covers the nuts and bolts of therapy, communication skills, managing common issues, such power struggles, and how to foster a healthy home environment for everyone during this time.
The cost of this course is $40, though discounts are given if needed. Visit our FAQ section for more information about this and other available training.
“I operate my own private practice within the Hawaiian Islands and the number of clients I am seeing that self-injure has caused me to seek outside support. This course provides an outstanding learning format that makes the information easy to comprehend. As for the knowledge within the course itself, exceptional. The videos reinforce concepts and insights into the world of self-injury. I have spoken to several of my colleagues regarding this must participate in program.”
Dr. Jennifer Dustow, LLC, NSSI 101 self-paced training student
“I’ve learned so much. There were many good resources attached. The videos (especially the ones with graphics) were helpful and broke down the ideas into key points.”
NSSI 101 instructor-led training student
“I truly enjoyed the course and would love follow up courses. I work with teens so anytime I can glean information on trends or what to look for signs/symptoms I am all over it. I work with teens b/c I love the age demographic, many don’t. I struggled in my teen years so I think that is why I like the work. So the least favorite was it being over.”
Marika Rywak, student NSSI 101 self-paced training student
“[I] really enjoyed the presentations and information. Excited to put into practice some of the tools suggested. Thank you for helping our next generation find ways to deal with emotions and choices.”
Kim Stevens, Social Worker, NSSI 101 instructor-led training student
“This training was extremely helpful and it even corrected some misinformation I had about NSSI, and I know it will greatly help me the next time I interact with a student who is self-injuring, which I know will happen. The respectful curiosity approach is going to be critical.”
Rachel Minard, School Counselor, NSSI 101 instructor-led training student
“I now have a better understanding of NSSI and this will help me in my school-based and clinical counseling. This training will help me provide better care to the students, clients, and families I work with.”
NSSI 101 self-paced training student
“I really liked that this training gave many examples and spent a lot of time on implementing the practice to help those struggling with NSSI.”
NSSI 101 instructor-led training student
“Thank you for the wealth of information within the course and in the handouts and the website links.”
Pamela Vohnson, School Psychologist, NSSI 101 self-paced training student
We are pleased to announce that we are now offering a brief 1.5 – 2.0 hour version of the non-suicidal self-injury 101 course. The brief course is ideal for teachers, youth workers, and other individuals who want or need to know what self-injury is and how to most effectively respond.
This course is designed to equip participants with basic knowledge about self-injury. In addition it will educate students on how they might detect and respond to self-injury effectively within their organizations or institutions.
Self-injury Basics: In this section we get into the who, what, where, when and why of self-injury. We also discuss the important but poorly understood relationship between non-suicidal self-injury and suicide thoughts and behaviors, common myths, and factors that influence contagion. Finally, we cover framing conversations about self-injury in a way that is most helpful to those struggling with the behavior.
Your role in recognition and response: This module will help students understand their role in recognition and response. Students will learn about the overt and subtle signs of self-injury, and the difference between helpful and unhelpful responses. The module concludes with tips about how students might encourage their institution to clearly communicate a NSSI protocol.
Course Wrap up: In the last module students are connected to resources which will further their education on effectively responding to self-injury behavior. They are also provided with a pdf of all course content to download, save or print for future reference.
The cost of this course is $40. Visit our FAQ section for more information about this and other trainings.
These evidence-informed and web-based courses were designed for individuals interested in understanding non-suicidal self-injury (also sometimes referred to as “cutting”) in youth. Although anyone seeking in-depth understanding of non-suicidal self-injury will benefit, it was designed with the following groups in minds:
School counselors, clinicians (eg. community therapists, nurses, social workers), teachers or administrators
Community based youth service professionals
Individuals who work with young adult mental health in community based or residential care settings
Others likely to benefit from the course: graduate students seeking to specialize in self-injury and parents/guardians of young people who self-injure
Does this course qualify for Continuing Education Units?
Yes. Learners who successfully complete this program receive .8 Continuing Education Units (CEU) from Cornell University or 8 hours of credit from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). We are also Anticipating approval for American Psychological Association (APA) for .4 CEs.
Are the credits approved through any other organization than the NASW? Are you pursuing approval through any other organizations?
At the moment, the credits are only approved through the NASW. If you have a question about other approvals we are seeking, please e-maill: email@example.com.
Are discounts available?
We offer a student discount on all available trainings. Please call (607) 255-6179 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a current student interested in enrolling in a training.
A group discount is available for groups of 5 or more. Please contact us at (866) 326-7635 or (607) 330-3283 (outside of the USA) or e-mail email@example.com for more information on group discounts and payment.) Please feel free have those be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can take care of them.
We offer a special discount for parents of individuals who self-injure as well as for individuals who want to take the course but find the cost prohibitive. Please please call (607) 255-6179 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Will I receive a certificate at the end of the training?
We do not provide certificates, but students have the option to download a letter of completion or transcript after completing the training.
Brief Primer FAQ
Why should I take the primer instead of a full length course?
The brief course is perfect for professionals who encounter self-injury in their work, but may not be the primary individual responsible for intervening in the situation. This course will take you through the basics, and how to respond.
Are discounts available for this course?
Because the course is already offered at a low cost, we do not offer the student discount on this version. However, if your organization would like to enroll a group in this course we can offer a small discount. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org you have questions about this!
NSSI Parents Course FAQ
Who is this for?
This course is for parents who have discovered or suspect their child or a child they care about is self-injuring. This course provides parents with practical knowledge and skills to support their child through recovery. Parents who want to move beyond the understandable reactions of fear and guilt and toward more useful responses to their child’s self-injury will benefit from this course.
What is the level of effort to complete this course?
The course is self-paced, so that you may take the course when it works best for you. Completing all the coursework should take about 2 hours.
How long do I have access to the course?
You have 60 days from the date that you enroll to complete the course. The course also has a course video transcript that you can download, save to your computer, or print.
Will I receive a certificate at the end of training?
Students will receive a letter of completion and have the option to download the letter after completing the training.
Are discounts available?
We offer a special discount for parents of individuals who self-injure as well as for individuals who want to take the course but find the cost prohibitive. Please e-mail us at email@example.com. for more information.
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Interested in in-person trainings or consultations?
Dr. Whitlock is available for in person training and consultations by request. Please email needs or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Janis Whitlock at (607)254-2894
People who self-injure:
We want people who struggle with self-injury to be the primary beneficiary of our work. We will soon be working on an educational program for people who self injure that will focus on enhancing self-knowledge and understanding. Click here to sign up if you are interested in receiving information about this program when it is available.
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions, would like additional information about our education and consulting services, or want to participate in our study activities.