Los Angeles Chapter  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Basics of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI)

  • 06/21/2024
  • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online Via Zoom


  • LA-CAMFT Members (Login Required)
  • Other CAMFT Chapter Members (Must enter name of chapter)
  • Prelicensed Members of Other CAMFT Chapters
  • CSCSW Members (Must enter code to register)
  • Non-Members
  • Registration for event speakers, sponsors, others
  • Mentor
  • TOC Grant Award


LA-CAMFT June 2024
including Q&A

Friday, June 21, 2024
9:00 am-11:00 am

11:00-11:30 am (optional)
Participant Announcements

Via Zoom

2 CE Credits

Basics of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI)

Angela Caldwell, LMFT & Jessica Tang, LMFT

Therapists are reporting an alarming rise in cases of self-injury. Unfortunately, there is an abundance of confusing and misleading information that only makes it more difficult for clinicians to understand how to distinguish Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) from other clinical presentations. Therapists can better serve their clients if they can identify the typical clinical presentation of NSSI, understand the difference between borderline and non-borderline NSSI, and are up to date on what recent literature is saying about prevalence, correlations, and trends in NSSI. This presentation provides a sophisticated, clinical lens through which to understand the nature and etiology of this behavior, while offering recommendations on how to avoid common treatment failures and work effectively and confidently with Non-Suicidal Self-Injury when it shows up in the room.

Educational Goal:

This training will lay a foundation for understanding the basics of the self-injury population. At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the typical clinical presentation of a non-suicidal self-injurer.
  2. Differentiate between non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal self-injury, as well as distinguish self-injury associated with borderline personality vs. non-borderline self-injury.
  3. List treatment recommendations supported by the evidence base.

Angela Caldwell, M.A., LMFT, is the founder and executive director of Self-Injury Institute (SII) and has been working with self-injurers and their families for over two decades. She is also the founder and director of Caldwell Family Institute where she specializes in family-based coaching. She can also be found teaching as an adjunct professor at California State, Northridge, or speaking all over the country on a broad range of topics, including building a family identity, parenting in the digital age, and understanding non-suicidal self-injury.

Jessica Tang, M.S., LMFT, is the Clinical Director of Self-Injury Institute and has been working with self-injurers and their families for a decade. In addition to the work she does at Self-Injury Institute, she brings her background in early childhood education and a multicultural lens to her own private practice in Los Angeles and as an adjunct professor and Course Lead at Pepperdine University’s School of Education and Psychology.

For more information, contact Jenni J.V. Wilson.

Licensed Therapists, Associates, Students, & Related Professionals

Event Details: 
Friday, June 21, 2024, 9:00-11:00 am
8:30-9:00: Check-In
11:00-11:30 am  (optional) Participant Announcements

9:00 Meeting Begins
11:00 Presentation and Related Announcements End
11:30 (optional) Participant Announcements
11:00 Meeting Ends

Online Via Zoom

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$25 for LA-CAMFT Members
Other CAMFT Chapter Members
CSCSW Members
$15 for Prelicensed Members of Other CAMFT Chapters
$15 for Prelicensed Members
$35 for Non-Members
$20 for Prelicensed Non-Members

2 CE Credits Provided

For anyone interested in expanding your professional networking opportunities, please join us from 11:00 to 11:30 and sign up to make an announcement when you register.

Registration closes Thursday, June 20 at 10:00pm.

Register Online today for a Quick & Easy Check-In.

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider 59450. This course meets the qualifications for 2 continuing education credits for MFTs, LPCCs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists. Participants will receive an evaluation form as part of the sign in/out form and must complete form at the conclusion of course in order to receive CE credit.

Refund policy: 48-hour notice required for refund of fee minus $5.00 administrative cost. Exceptions can be made for 48-hour notice in cases of emergency. Contact Jenni J.V. Wilson, LMFT, Course Organizer, at NetworkingChair@LACAMFT.org.

Accommodations for Special Needs: Contact Jenni J.V. Wilson, LMFT, Course Organizer, at NetworkingChair@LACAMFT.org.

Grievances: Program Administrator, Di Wilson, LMFT, manages all grievances—and will acknowledge, investigate and remedy grievances. Response to grievances will be made in writing within 30 days. Contact her at cfo@lacamft.org.

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