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Season 2 | Episode 32

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Season 2 | Episode 32

The Evolution of Self-Injury Treatment

Dec 30, 2022

with Dr. Wendy Lader

The Evolution of Self-Injury Treatmentwith Dr. Wendy Lader
00:00 / 01:04

In 1986, the first treatment program in the United States specifically for nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) opened its doors. Self Abuse Finally Ends, better known as S.A.F.E. Alternatives, was a 30-day inpatient program for the treatment of self-injury and self-harm. In this episode, Dr. Wendy Lader, the Co-Founder and retired Clinical Director of S.A.F.E. Alternatives talks about  what treatment looked like back then and how treatment has evolved over time.

Learn more about Dr. Lader on her website, and find her book Bodily Harm: the Breakthrough Healing Program for Self-Injurers on Amazon here. To learn more about S.A.F.E. Alternatives, visit or call 1-800-DONTCUT (1-800-366-8288). If you are seeking treatment options with them, let them know you heard about the program on The Psychology of Self-Injury podcast with Dr. Lader.

Follow Dr. Westers on Instagram and Twitter (@DocWesters). To join ISSS, visit and follow ISSS on Facebook and Twitter (@ITripleS).

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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