Self-injury, also known as self-harm, or self-mutilation, refers to individuals who intentionally and repeatedly inflict physical harm on themselves. It is estimated that two million people in the United States engage in self-injury. The method most often employed is cutting, but self-injury can also include hair pulling, head banging, and interfering with wound healing. This workshop will examine the various forms of self-injury that go beyond cutting. In addition, this webinar will examine the differences and similarities between self-injurious behavior and suicidal ideations and attempts. Keen attention will be placed on identifying assessment and treatment barriers including, but not limited to, understanding differential diagnosis. Participants will discuss issues including differential diagnosis, forms of injury, risk factors, brain development, comorbidity, nonsuicidal self-injury diagnosis, assessments, and treatment modalities. Case scenarios will be presented and discussed to further enhance the learning experience.
Ms. Cruz is a bilingual (Spanish/English) clinical and forensic social worker who has worked with children, adolescents and families for over eighteen years. Ms. Cruz was employed for ten years, as a forensic social worker at the Office of the Public Defender in Montgomery County. In addition from 2000-2014 she worked as an emergency room and psychiatric social worker. She has extensive experience in inpatient psych and partial hospitalization psych programs. Ms. Cruz specializes in criminal defense mitigation, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, addiction, trauma and working with diverse ethnic groups.
Ms. Cruz is a graduate of the Catholic University of America with a B.A. in psychology and received her Masters of Social Work, specializing in mental health and addiction from the University Of Maryland School Of School Work. In 2014 she completed an advanced two year post graduate Forensic Social Work Certification through the University of Maryland Continuing Education Department. In 2008 she co-created the Forensic Social Work Committee for NASW and in 2010 became the sole chair, a position she maintained until 2016 when she resigned due to other professional obligations but she continues to advocate for legislative changes. Under her leadership the committee successful hosted two national forensic social work conferences and successfully advocated for various legislative bills and reform. She maintains various professional memberships and affiliations.
Ms. Cruz is an Adjunct Professor:
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Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement
The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 6 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.
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Cost is $130 and includes CE credit. Registering after 1/27/23 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.
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