Ms. Vann is recognized as one of the local experts on self-injury and is currently writing a book on the topic. As of January 2013, she has directly worked with over 310 individuals and consulted on countless others that her colleagues and her interns have helped with a history of self-harm. She has presented on the topic all over Dallas-Ft. Worth area, been the "go to" person for other counselors to consult with who treat injury, and presented in Houston for a state conference of counselors. In March 2013, she will present at another state conference regarding the topic of self-harm. JUNE 1st==part 1 of the self injury seminar is geared for the public & professionals. The audio & DVD will hopefully be ready for purchase by August. The next 6 hour seminar will not be until January 2014. Go to Seminars page for details.
NEWS: a parent/caregiver support group. If you are a caregiver of a self-injurer and are interested in a support group, then e-mail Lori Vann to sign up. SPACING IS EXTREMELY limited, only 8 adults per group. The cost is $10 per person per group. If your teen daughter attends the Teen Girls' group that same day, then the price for the teen girl and one adult will be discounted to $25 ($7 adult, $18 teen). If two parents attend the group, then the price is lowered from $20 to $16 if not teen attends group. If 2 parents & a teen or woman attend, the discounted price for all 3 would be $30.
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PLEASE NOTE: Those interested in a group MUST E-Mail or Call (during business hours) and register for the groups, as SPACE IS LIMITED. Ladies MUST receive a confirmation from Lori before attending.
Self-injury is not just cutting, scratching, & burning, it also includes those who have a history of picking/tweezing facial or body hair to the point of scarring, intentional cuticle ripping for pain or as a distraction, hitting oneself or objects, and piercing for pain. Self-injury affects males and females of all age groups.
These groups are designed for teenage females, ages 13 to 18, and women 18+ who need extra support as they try to deal with and overcome their urges to self-injure. It is also a place where people can share what coping skills have been helpful for them in addition to learning new skills from the therapist. The group is part therapy and part support group.
The goals of the group are emotional support, education, and intervention. All participants will be asked to sign a counseling contract that outlines the rules of the group and what is expected of its participants. They will also fill out an intake form to assess whether or not they may be appropriate for group. The group will be run by a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor who has an extensive history of working with those who have participated in self-abuse. An LPC Intern may also be present during the group in order to help facilitate the group and/or give the group members an opportunity to speak with someone should they need to temporarily leave the group. Each group session will cover a different issue that is related to self-injury and work on ways to avoid the triggers.
6 Hour Self-injury Seminar is set for Saturday, June 1st from 9 AM to 4 PM. Go to SEMINARS page for more information.