The Current State of Education, Training, and Supervision in Professional Psychology Programs Related to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: An Exploratory Study

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Jennifer Cornish

Second Advisor

Laura Meyer

Third Advisor

Lydia Prado


Non-suicidal self-injury, Training, Education, Supervision


Despite the increasing prevalence of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in adolescent and adult populations (e.g., Lang & Sharma-Patel, 2001; Jacobson & Gould, 2011), and the consequent likelihood for psychologists to be called upon to assess and treat this behavior, there is at present a lack of research regarding graduate education, training, and supervision related to this issue. In this exploratory study, 127 current doctoral students in professional psychology programs responded to a survey regarding the education and training they have received in this area, the number of clients they have assessed and treated with this behavior, and their feelings of competence regarding NSSI. They also provided information about gaps in training and suggestions for changes in the current doctoral curriculum. Results demonstrated that training offered to doctoral students on NSSI is lacking, particularly in formal coursework related to treating NSSI. Yet, students also reported assessing and treating relatively large numbers of clients with NSSI, and further reported generally high levels of perceived competence in this area. Recommendations for educators and trainers are provided.

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