Self-injury can present in varying forms and without specialized training, clinicians may not be able to effectively address the behavior and its comorbidity in therapy. Some individuals who self-harm cut or burn themselves to inflict pain while others may take more extreme actions that involve injuring bones or severely damaging other areas of their bodies. The act of self-injury is as important to address in therapy as the rituals of anticipation, planning, and secrecy that surround it. 

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, therapist and YouTube creator, Kati Morton, LMFT, returns to address the stigma of mental health and self-injury. She will discuss this often-misunderstood affective behavior beyond the diagnostic criteria for nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI). Since the behavior is used in private and the injuries often remain hidden, Kati will address the challenges that many clinicians may experience when initiating early conversations to assess self-injury and its co-morbidity.

Self-injury has often been associated with borderline personality and attachment issues. As a certified dialectical and behavioral therapist, Kati will address why dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has been found to be the most appropriate treatment for self-injury. She will explain effective strategies using DBT’s evidence-based methodology as well as share case vignettes to provide examples of the clinical skills that she uses in her private practice. 

Kati will describe the unique physical and emotional concerns that clinicians should be aware of when treating individuals who are self-injuring. Attendees will learn self-injury specific strategies for setting boundaries, safety planning, and how to discern the behavior from suicidal ideation. Kati will also discuss ways to address relapse that include checking in without shaming and explain why she does not recommend keeping track of days without self-harming behavior. 

This intermediate level web conference is designed to help clinicians: 

  1. Recognize self-injury behavior and identify diagnostic criteria.
  2. Apply strategies for initiating conversations about self-injury in session.
  3. Utilize evidence-based tools from DBT treatment to address self-injury.
  4. Assess the suicide risk of a client who self-injures, and create a safety plan.
  5. Recognize and address the potential for relapse of self-injury behaviors.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to members.

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Meet the Presenter

Kati Morton, LMFT

Kati Morton, LMFT holds a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. In addition, she is a certified dialectical and behavioral therapist and grief counselor and a member of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. 

Over the past four and a half years, Kati has leveraged social media to share mental health information worldwide through video. Her specialties include working with individuals experiencing eating disorders and self-harming behaviors, although she addresses all things related to mental health. 

Kati is well known for her YouTube channel which now has over 220 thousand subscribers, over 20 million views, and has grown over 250% in the last year. In addition to her YouTube channel and strong presence on social media, she has appeared on the HLN/CNN television show “Dr. Drew On Call” and showcased in Europe’s highest circulated magazine, Glamour UK. She was also a 2016 Shorty Award finalist as well as a 2016 Streamy nominee. 

Kati’s passion is to increase awareness about mental health. Her online community has expanded to all major internet platforms, allowing her to answer mental health questions from her followers around the world. She hopes by doing this, the global community can push for better services worldwide and remove the stigma associated with getting help.

For more information about Kati and her work, please visit and see her YouTube channel here.