Hope And Healing For Kids Who Cut: Learning to Understand and Help Those Who Self-Injure by Marv PennerHope And Healing For Kids Who Cut: Learning to Understand and Help Those Who Self-Injure by Marv Penner

Hope And Healing For Kids Who Cut: Learning to Understand and Help Those Who Self-Injure

byMarv Penner

Paperback | April 27, 2008

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You may have noticed them—the kids who are hiding their pain under long sleeves or wristbands. Or you might never notice them—the ones who seem to have life together except for the deep secret that they keep hidden beneath their clothes. This is no longer a fringe issue that occurs only in the most extreme cases. The truth is that many teens today are dealing with their emotional pain by inflicting physical pain upon themselves, whether we can see it on the surface or not. While we may never fully understand the motives behind self-mutilation and cutting, we can begin to understand why some teens cut, and more importantly, we can learn how to help. Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut will take you into the world of self-injury, defining what it is—and what it is not. You’ll hear stories from teens and young adults who struggle with the urge to hurt themselves, and you’ll learn to recognize the signs of self-injury. In addition, counselor and professor, Marv Penner will help you understand the cycle of addiction, that has become everyday life for so many hurting teens, and he’ll give you the tools and wisdom to help a self-injurer find hope and healing. Whether you know someone who is cutting, or you are struggling with this addiction yourself, Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut is something you want to have in your “first-aid” kit.

Marv Penner is a youth ministry expert with more than 30 years in the field, chairs the youth and family ministry department at Briercrest Graduate School in Saskatchewan, Canada. He's also director of the Canadian Centre of Adolescent Research and author of "The Youth Worker's Guide to Parent Ministry" and "Help! My Kids Are Hurting....
Title:Hope And Healing For Kids Who Cut: Learning to Understand and Help Those Who Self-InjureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.5 inPublished:April 27, 2008Publisher:Zondervan/Youth SpecialtiesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310277558

ISBN - 13:9780310277552


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for youth workers!!!! This is another must read for anyone who works with teenagers. Cutting and other forms of self harm are increasingly common coping skills for teenagers and young adults, and yet is one of the least understood among those who have no experience. Penner compassionately describes what self harm is and what it is not, some of the telling signs, why youth cut and some of the underlying issues and core beliefs that reinforce a cycle of addiction that makes it very hard to give up this coping mechanisms. He approaches this difficult topic from a deeply Christian understanding, finding hope ultimately in a God who cares for hurting youth and that the greatest gift that we can give is our presence and our constant assurance that there is hope in a God who loves them, scars and all. While these youth typically need professional help to get some of the underlying issues, Penner claims that youth also need a caring community in order to find more helpful ways of coping. One of the ways we can walk with youth who cut is to find ways in which we can challenge core beliefs (e.g that they don't matter, that they are unloveable, and that they don't belong.
Date published: 2017-02-03