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Event Description

This workshop will provide foundational information regarding self-injurious behavior (SIB), including definitions, causes, prevalence, and an overview of evidence-based treatments for SIB (CBT and DBT).  The workshop will also introduce participants to the HIRE model: a tool for the informal assessment of SIB developed by Buser and Buser (2013).  Participants will also receive instruction in developing a school wide protocol for assessing/supporting self-injurers.


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe 3 reasons why individuals self-harm
  2. Apply the HIRE model (Buser and Buser, 2013) to assess self-injurious behavior
  3. Describe the most effective therapeutic approaches to working with youth who self-injury
  4. Develop a school protocol for SIB



Wendy Price, Psy. D., NCSP



Dr. Price completed her doctorate in School Psychology at William James College, following a year-long clinical internship at Walden Behavioral Care (a residential eating disorders clinic). For the past 20 years, Dr. Price has worked as a school psychologist at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, in Whitman, MA. In her role, Dr. Price is involved in a number of activities, including: assessment, counseling, consultation, supervision of school psychology interns, and mentoring of staff. She is also a Crisis Team and Student/Teacher Assistance Team member. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at UMASS Boston.

Dr. Price has traveled around the country, presenting to associations and school districts on positive psychology, eating disorders, and self-injurious behaviors. Dr. Price has been involved in leadership at both the state and national level, and was the NASP President in 2020-2021.