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Specialist to present seminar on self-injury
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Published: 11/2/2007 12:17 AM

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The causes and treatment of self-injury will be discusses at Shelter Inc.'s community education seminar, held from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Harper College's Wojcik Conference Center in the Square D Amphitheater, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine.

Leading the discussion will be Wendy Lader, Ph.D., clinical director of the S.A.F.E. Alternatives Program, a national treatment approach, education resource and referral center for self-injury.

Lader will define and provide examples of self-injury, as well as the causes and functions of the behaviors. Attendees will learn how to differentiate self-injury from suicide, and understand the relationship between eating disorders and self-injury. Specific treatment goals, strategies, medications and the S.A.F.E. Alternatives Program treatment philosophy will be detailed.

Lader has published and lectured extensively on self-directed violence and is co-author of the book "Bodily Harm: The Breakthrough Healing Program for Self- Injurers." She has been featured on "Dateline NBC," "20/20," "ABC World News Tonight," "Good Morning America," "The Today Show," CNN and Univision.

The protection of children and adolescents has been Shelter's mission for more than 30 years. Shelter has led responses to the problems of child mistreatment in the Northwest suburbs, and is the only nonprofit, licensed and accredited child welfare agency in the Northwest suburbs providing community-based emergency and longer-term care and housing for children and adolescents, ages birth through 17.

Shelter's programs are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and are accredited by the Council on Accreditation, an international, independent accrediting agency.

Children and adolescents who are abused, neglected, dependent or in need of supervision are cared for in Emergency, Traditional and Home-of-Relative Foster Care; the emergency Boys Group Home in Palatine and Jennings Group Home for Girls in Schaumburg; or the longer-term Older Adolescent Group Home for boys in Arlington Heights. Shelter also provides Healthy Families services, a home visitation and parenting education program for first-time parents.

Three continuing education hours are available to licensed social workers. Admission is $45. For more information about the seminar, visit online at shelter-inc.org or call Shelter's community education coordinator at (847) 590-6190, ext. 40.