Acceptance and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Treatment of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI)


July 26 & July 28, 2017 

4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
(Both days)

NYU Silver Center
31 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003


Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) such as cutting, self-abuse or self-harm is often a challenging and troubling behavior for clinicians to treat. The risk and outcome of these behaviors causes great consternation for professionals in terms of intervention, liability and support. Framing NSSI as a response to trauma, cognitive beliefs, and internal/external triggers can help social workers working with people who self-harm learn self-regulation, mindfulness and behavior management techniques that mitigate this high-risk behavior. Join us for this 2-part workshop to learn about this model.
This seminar will focus on clinical interventions, including Evidenced-Based Treatment (EBT). These EBT include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-Based CBT. The workshop will also include how to identify, assess and treat NSSI, the different types of NSSI, and ways to effectively intervene with clients who exhibit these behaviors. Opportunity in the program will exist for case application.
Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to: 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different types of NSSI, as evidenced by role play practice at end of course;
  • Show an increased ability to distinguish between NSSI and suicidality, as evidenced by grasping differential diagnosis definitions;
  • Learn the key elements of functional analysis and how to gear NSSI interventions to match identified antecedents, behaviors, and consequences;
  • Grasp how to identify and work with modifiable and protective risk factors in NSSI; and;
  • Develop an increased capacity to interrupt patterns of NSSI in their clients utilizing a mindfulness and acceptance-based cognitive behavioral approach.


Brian Mundy

Brian Mundy, LCSW-R

Brian Mundy, LCSW-R practices individual, couples, and family behavioral therapy in private practice, and is the recipient of the 2012 National Association of Social Workers – NYC Emerging Leader Award. He is a co-author of the Guilford Press book, Therapy in the Real World, and has authored peer-reviewed chapters and articles on trauma, family therapy, and acceptance commitment therapy. He is a professional trainer and consultant for Sound Behavioral Health, and an adjunct instructor at New York University Silver School of Social Work in Manhattan. 

Diana Padilla

Matt Wofsy, LCSW-R

Matt Wofsy, LCSW-R is a therapist with over 20 years of direct practice experience. He is an adjunct instructor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work and the co-founder of Sound Behavioral Health in New York City. Mr. Wofsy has advanced training in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness & acceptance-based work, and family therapy. He is the co-author of Therapy in the Real World on Guilford Press, and the recipient of the National Association of Social Workers Exemplary Mid-Career Social Work Leader Award.

Mr. Wofsy is the former Director of Evidence-Based Treatment and Practice Innovation at the Institute for Community Living, where he was responsible for the identification, dissemination, and implementation of best practices throughout a large behavioral health care agency. He has extensive training experience in the area of adapting evidence-based practices to diverse clinical settings and has presented his work at several statewide and national conferences. Mr. Wofsy maintains a private practice in New York City.