Self-mutilation in adolescents: Who is mutilating what?
October 17 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Martin Gauthier, Psychiatrist
OPQ Accreditation RA03222-20 7 CE hours
Saturday October 17th, 2020 from 9am to 5pm
4150 Sainte Catherine Street West suite 328
The frequency of self-mutilation among teenagers raises multiple questions, in particular about its function and its purpose. If the skin is directly attacked in different ways (scarifications, burns, cuts, etc), what is the target beyond the corporeal envelop? How is it associated to suicidal ideation? Why do we observe an increased incidence in our Western world in recent years? How should it be approached therapeutically, during an evaluation or during therapy? This presentation will want to address those questions with the use of clinical examples of various teenagers and various therapeutic situations. It will focus on the developmental conflicts and impasses faced by those adolescents.
Dr. Martin Gauthier, Psychiatrist
Child psychiatrist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (McGill University Health Center) since 1984, where he has held clinical, teaching and administrative roles (especially Director of the Psychiatry Department from 2010 to 2013, and Academic Director of the Division of Child Psychiatry at McGill University in 2012-2013). He graduated as a psychoanalyst in 1987 and was elected as training analyst in 2004. He has taught and supervised since 1987 in various settings. He was also President of the Société psychanalytique de Montréal from 2001 to 2005, and President of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society from 2007 to 2009. He was Director of the Institut psychanalytique de Montréal from 2009 to 2013. He was on the Board of the International Psychoanalytic Association from 2015 to 2019. He has published in both French and English, the two languages he speaks and writes, in addition to working on the editorial board of some publications.
- To better identify the presence of signs of self mutilation, and distinguish them from other self-destructives manifestations, such as suicidal ideation or gestures;
- To deepen the understanding of the topographic, dynamic and economical issues underlying self mutilation;
- To offer therapeutic guidelines helping to move out of a self mutilative impasse and facilitate developmental movement
- To better understand the current prevalence of self-mutilation among adolescents and make connections with the social and familial environment