Nonsuicidal Self-Injury and Motivational Interviewing in a College Counseling Setting
Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) has become an epidemic in the college-age population with young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 being the highest risk group for the behavior. Many college counseling center directors report that treatment with individuals who engage in NSSI is often not successful. A major hindrance in the treatment of NSSI is a lack of motivation in the individual to give up the behavior and, within the college setting, there is the further complication of the short-term model of therapy employed by many college counseling centers nationwide. A form of treatment is needed that could help build an individual's motivation to change self-injuring behavior within a time-limited framework. Motivational interviewing (MI) is one such treatment that shows potential as an appropriate addition to current treatment to enhance efficacy or build basic motivation for change. This critical review of the literature synthesizes, critiques, and analyzes the research literature related to training clinicians generally and training clinicians in MI in order to determine how college counselors can best be trained in MI to address the problem of NSSI.
PSYD in Clinical Psychology
Self-mutilation, Self-injurious behavior, Treatment, Motivational interviewing
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