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When the Body Is the Target: Self-Harm, Pain, and Traumatic Attachments

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In this comprehensive and insightful work, Dr. Sharon K. Farber provides an invaluable resource for the mental health professional who is struggling to understand self-harm and its origins. Using attachment theory to explain how addictive connections to pain and suffering develop, she discussed various kinds and functions of self-harm behavior. From eating disorders to body modifications such as tattooing, Dr. Farber explores the language of self-harm, and the translation of that language and its psychic functions in the therapeutic setting. She tells us, “When the body weeps tears of blood, we need to wonder what terrible sorrows cannot be spoken.”

This course is based on the book, When the Body Is the Target: Self-Harm, Pain, and Traumatic Attachments created by Leah Harp, Ph.D. and Sharon Klayman Farber, Ph.D. in 0.


Jason Aronson. Rowman&Littlefield Publishers, INC.

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Course Material Authors

Leah Harp, Ph.D.

Leah Harp created this online course. She is a graduate of ICSW.

Sharon Klayman Farber, Ph.D.

Dr. Farber is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She maintains a private practice in psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. She can help with problems around moods, anxiety, relationships, divorce, concerns about school or work. She is the founder of Westchester Eating Disorders Consultation Services. Other special interests are self-injury and other mind-body problems, dissociation, ADHD, cult involvement, and creativity.

Course Creator

Maximillian Schwanekamp, Esq.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about how attachment theory can be used to explain how addictive connections to pain and suffering develop. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. The reader will be able to articulate the fundamentals of self-harm using attachment theory

  2. The reader will learn to translate the symbolic language of self-harm in diagnostic formulations.

  3. The reader will be able to perform assessments on patients who self-harm using the diagnostic formulation based on the richer understanding of self-harm behavior.

  4. The reader will learn ways of providing services to patients who self-harm based on a knowledge of attachment theory to utilize, not fall victim to, the particular challenging countertransference this type of work is known for.

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

20 credit hours

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American Psychological Association (APA)

20 credit hours

CE Learning Systems is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

20 ce credit hours

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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

20 credit hours

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

20 credit hours

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When the Body is the Target: Self-Harm, Pain, and Traumatic Attachments

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Course Number 101952
20 credit hours
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