Kelly Wester, Ph.D.

Kelly L. Wester, PhD, LPC, NCC earned her Ph.D. in counseling and human development services from Kent State University in 2003 and currently works as a professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Early in her career she worked within the behavioral programs of both a juvenile residential treatment facility and a juvenile correlational facility with adolescents charged with felonies. She has also worked in college counseling centers, and currently works in a community mental health agency with adolescents and young adults. She specializes in working with individuals who engage in nonsuicidal self-injury, and their families. She has co-authored a book entitled Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Wellness Perspectives on Behaviors, Symptoms, and Diagnoses, as well as has many publications and presentations regarding treatment of nonsuicidal self-injury.


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“The presentation was exceptionally useful in the provision of practical suggestions grounded in dynamic conceptualization. The instructor seemed seasoned in real world experience and this enhanced the context in which she provided research and conceptual information. This presentation will allow me to enhance the specificity and utility of recommendations I make for managing self-harm in high risk and incarcerated children and adolescents.”-Lara H., Psychologist, Texas

Nonsuicidal self-injury is more common than we think. Almost every mental health clinician has come across some form of nonsuicidal self-injury in their careers, and the behavior is on the rise among adolescents and young adults. Yet, rarely do education programs cover anything about nonsuicidal self-injury within their programs, even though it is important for mental health clinicians to be aware of what this behavior is, how to assess it, how it is related yet different from suicidal behavior, and how to intervene and work with clients who engage in nonsuicidal self-injury. This seminar will help you understand what nonsuicidal self-injury is, factors to consider when assessing and working with clients, ethical considerations in treatment and breaching confidentiality, and methods of treatment that have been shown to be effective.

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