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Season 3 | Episode 36

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Season 3 | Episode 36

Self-Injury Recovery: A Person-Centered Approach

Apr 28, 2023

with Drs. Stephen Lewis & Penny Hacking

Self-Injury Recovery: A Person-Centered Approachwith Drs. Stephen Lewis & Penny Hacking
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In this episode, ISSS Past Presidents Dr. Stephen Lewis from the University of Guelph in Canada, and Dr. Penelope Hasking from Curtin University in Australia talk about a new way of understanding self-injury and self-harm, with a special focus on recovery. In their person-centered approach, they emphasize the perspective of lived experience, move away from a "why don't you just stop" mentality, normalize ongoing self-injury thoughts and urges, and discuss strengths, scarring, and disclosures. 

Follow Drs. Lewis and Hasking on Twitter at @SPLewisPhD and @PennyHasking. Keep up with Dr. Lewis' non-profit outreach organization Self-Injury Outreach & Support at @sioutreach, and follow Dr. Hasking's research in the Emotional Health and Self-Injury Research Group at @NSSI_RG

Below are links to their book and a couple of their articles referenced in this episode:

  1. Lewis, S. P., & Hasking, P. A. (2023). Understanding self-injury: A person-centered approach. Oxford University Press.

  2. Lewis, S. P., & Hasking, P. A. (2021). Understanding self-injury: A person-centered approach. Psychiatric Services, 72(6), 721-723.

  3. Lewis, S. P., & Hasking, P. (2019). Putting the “self” in self-injury research: Inclusion of people with lived experience in the research process. Psychiatric Services, 70(11), 1058-1060.

To read more about person-first language and identity-first language when referencing autism, click here and also visit To read about language used to discuss race and ethnicity, click here

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The Psychology of Self-Injury podcast has been rated #5 by Feedspot in their "Best 20 Clinical Psychology Podcasts" and by Welp Magazine in their "20 Best Injury Podcasts."

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