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By Kimberly Sogge on May 4, 2022.
Join us on Friday June 3, 2022 at 1pm. No cost and open to all.
FREE ON-LINE WEBINAR: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Functions and Connections to Self-Criticism and Self-Punishment with Dr. Paul Grunberg, Clinical Psychologist (supervised practise), Ottawa River Integrative Mental Health.
Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) refers to the intentional harm of one’s own body for purposes that are not culturally sanctioned or to end one’s life. NSSI has become an almost normative phenomenon in youth and young adults; however, not everyone who self-injures does so repeatedly or experiences long-term dysfunction as a result of this behaviour. Although there are many reasons people self-injure, regulation of inner experience and connections to others reflect central functions. This talk will discuss research about the roles of self-criticism and shame in NSSI behaviour with a look at the meaning and function of self-punishment and shame. Implications for clinical intervention will also be discussed.
About our speaker:
Paul Grunberg is a clinical psychologist in supervised practice at Ottawa River Integrative Mental Health, where he is known among colleagues and students for his warm, engaging style, quick humour, intelligence, and genuine compassion for his clients. Dr. Grunberg received his PhD from McGill University and completed his thesis on the development and evaluation of an online peer support intervention for men and women undergoing fertility treatment. He has also collaborated on projects investigating aspects of lived experience and motivation to change among people who engage in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). This research is part of a larger interest in the use of online technology to communicate with other people experiencing stigmatized or otherwise distressing conditions. Clinically, he completed his predoctoral internships at the Montreal University Health Centre’s Anxiety and Personality Disorders Clinics, providing individual and group-based DBT and group psychodynamic therapy. Building on mindfulness-based and functional analysis components of DBT and ACT, he also incorporates compassion-focused therapy interventions into his work with people experiencing and coping with high levels of shame.