Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Paper


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Mary Fawcett


Thirteen to forty percent of middle and high school students engage in non-suicidal selfinjury (NSSI) behaviors. Of the adolescents who engage in NSSI, most use the maladaptive coping skill to regulate overwhelming negative emotions or feelings. Due to the amount of time adolescents spend in schools, school staff are usually the first adults to potentially identify signs of NSSI in students. However, most school staff do not notice signs, symptoms, or causes of NSSI and do not feel comfortable addressing students who engage in NSSI because they lack knowledge and understanding. Schools should provide training for all staff and students in order to better serve the student population, allowing students with mental health concerns to receive interventions and the treatment they need.

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