006. The Connection Between Non-suicidal Self-injury, Eating Disorders, and Body Image

Morning Workshops (8:30 – 11:45 AM)


Amy Feigel, M.A.

CE Credits


Professional CE Credit

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors,

IBCC Credit

Pastoral Counselors, Pastors, Teachers, Coaches,

CME/CEU Credit

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners,



The intricate relationship between non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), eating disorders, and body image is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon that has garnered significant attention in psychological research. Non-suicidal self-injury involves deliberate self-harm without suicidal intent and is often employed as a coping mechanism for emotional distress. In this workshop, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders will examine the reason why youth who engage in NSSI frequently grapple with issues related to body image dissatisfaction and low self-esteem. Participants will also be able to identify how warning signs of dissatisfaction with one’s body can trigger self-injurious behaviors. Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, are characterized by distorted body image perceptions and extreme preoccupation with weight and shape. These disorders frequently co-occur with NSSI, suggesting a shared vulnerability and coping mechanism. Understanding the connections between NSSI, eating disorders, and body image is crucial for designing effective prevention and treatment strategies, highlighting the importance of addressing the underlying emotional and psychological factors that drive these behaviors while promoting healthy body image and coping mechanisms for adolescents.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
1. Examine research on the complex interrelationships between NSSI, eating disorders, and body image, including the psychological, emotional, and social factors that contribute to their co-occurrence in youth.
2. Identify the warning signs and risk factors associated with NSSI, eating disorders, and negative body image to recognize these issues among youth in their communities, thus facilitating early intervention and support.
3. Outline evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies aimed at addressing NSSI, eating disorders, and body image concerns and create treatment plans that incorporate practical tools and resources to promote positive body image and help teens develop healthier coping mechanisms to manage emotional distress and negative self-perceptions.