Self-Injury Facebook Live Q+A and Resources

Jacob Eckeberger
August 22nd, 2016

Certified addictions counselor and youth worker Chris Schaffner joined me for a recent Facebook Live Q+A to help youth workers answer the question:

What do you do when a student shows signs of self-injury?

Check out the Facebook Live feed below:

We collected some additional reading and resources to help youth workers who work with students who self-injure.

Self Injury Policy 

This is the policy from Conversations on the Fringe that Chris created for schools, but can be adapted for any ministry.

Download the policy HERE.

Blog Posts and Articles

  • Addressing Self-Injury in Youth Ministry »» READ HERE
  • When Kids Are Cutting »» READ HERE
  • When a Student Self-Injures »» READ HERE
  • Self-Injury.net FAQ »» READ HERE
  • Instant Help for Teens Who Self-Injure »» READ HERE
  • Cornell University: Self-Injury and Recovery Research »» READ HERE
  • Why Do Teens Hurt Themselves? The Science of Self-Injury »» READ HERE


  • “Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut” by Marv Penner »» VIEW HERE
  • “Treating Self-Injury: A Practical Guide (2nd Edition)” by Barent W. Walsh »» VIEW HERE
  • “Understanding Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Origins, Assessment, and Treatment” by Matthew K. Nock »» VIEW HERE


If you know of any resources we should add to this list, please contact me via email HERE.

chrisChris Schaffner is a certified addictions counselor working with chemically dependent ’emerging adults’ and is also the founder of CONVERSATIONS ON THE FRINGE. CotF is an organization seeking creative and innovative ways to bridge the gap between the mental health community and those entities (particularly schools and churches) that serve youth in contemporary society.



jacob-eckeberger_200_200Jacob Eckeberger is the Content Manager for Youth Specialties. He’s a long-time volunteer youth worker, the spouse of a church planter, and an itinerant worship leader. Jacob’s passion is to spark healing and progress in the Church. This is manifested in his work within YS as he serves youth workers across denominational barriers, as well as his family’s commitment to a faith community focused on rectifying social justice issues in Bloomington, IL.

Jacob Eckeberger

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