My most recent "Parent-Teacher Conference" column has been nearly a year in the making. It wasn't until I'd read Dr. Michael Hollander's book, Helping Teens Who Cut: Understanding and Ending Self-Injury, and started spending time with Sarah, who agreed to tell me her story, that it came all came together. I've taught plenty of kids who cut themselves, but I've never felt as if I understood their behaviors and my role in their recovery adequately. Thanks to Sarah and Dr. Hollander for helping me find the words to describe what is too often an unspeakable act.
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