Behavioral Medicine Center - Youth Services - Adolescent Self-Injury Program

    Adolescent Self-Injury Program

    Discovering that your teen “cuts” or self-injures his or her body is absolutely terrifying for a parent. You may fear that your teen is contemplating suicide. The Shield Program for Adolescent Self-Injury at Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center is designed to help your teen learn ways to cope with extreme emotions without resorting to self-injury and to help parents understand how overwhelming emotions lead some teens to hurt themselves.


    Reasons for Self-injury

    • To soothe or calm oneself
    • To regain emotional balance
    • To release tension
    • To cope with intense emotions
    • To escape from feeling numb and empty


    Program Components

    (All groups meet two days per week for three hours.)


    Adolescent Skills Training Group

    Teens attend this group to learn specific DBT skills to stop self-injurious behaviors and manage emotions effectively. This group helps teens learn to tolerate and reduce emotional pain while learning to change destructive patterns.

    Multifamily Skills Training Group

    Teens and their parents/guardians will learn skills simultaneously. This group enables parents not only to serve as coaches for their teen, but also acquire skills to improve effective family communication.

    Parent Skills Training Group

    Parents/guardians attend this group for support and to learn better ways to handle frustration, guilt, and their own overwhelming emotions. Family members are educated on DBT skills, family roles, and how to help prevent their teen from lifelong emotional and physical scarring due to self-injurious behaviors.

    Weekly Individual Session

    Teens will have a weekly session with a DBT therapist to assess their individual progress.

    For more information about the Shield Program, please call Susan Hagerman, LCSW, at 909-558-9288.

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