Alumni, Community and Student Engagement Initiatives

Archive for February, 2011

Scary Statistics

The United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime & Safety Statistics show that

-1 out of 4 children is Bullied.

-1 out of 5 children admits to being a bully, or doing some “Bullying.”

-8% of students miss 1 day of class per month for fear of Bullies.

-100,000 students carry a gun to school.

-28% of youths who carry weapons have witnessed violence at home.

-282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.

-More youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed to on the way to school.

-1 out of 5 teens knows someone who brings a gun to school.

-Playground statistics: Every 7 minutes a child is bullied.

-When Bullying behavior is witnessed  adults intervene 4% of the time; peers intervene 11% of the time and 85% of the time there is no intervention.

Networking Breakfast

We are excited to invite you to come to campus for a Networking Breakfast and Meeting with other students, alumni, professionals and the CTAMFT Board of Directors.

Date:   February 11, 2011
Time: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Place: Alumni House at the Fairfield University
R.S.V.P.: Ada Faugno at <>  no later than February 8th!

Dorothy Timmerman, CTAMFT Board President, extends this invitation to meet and network with each other and the CTAMFT Board Members:

“You will have the opportunity to hear about some very exciting news about our new website, which we are continuing to expand, the launch of our new Facebook page as a means of communicating with members as well as promoting our field to the public, important legislative updates, information about our Annual Conference scheduled for April 8th, 2011 including the addition of a new Poster Session, and much more. This is also a wonderful opportunity to learn how you can be involved in our Professional Organization in a way that helps you meet your goals.”

Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI)

Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) can be defined as behaviors (i.e. cutting/burning/skin scratching) resulting in physical damage with no explicit or implicit intent to die but rather to gain relief from negative emotion or obtain social reinforcement (Weissman, 2009). Other names and definitions have been ascribed to this phenomenon. It has been called parasuicide (Linehan, Armstrong, Suarez, Allmon, & Heard, 1991), self mutilation (Briere & Gil, 2010), and deliberate self harm (Odershaw, et al., 2009). Some studies have classified NSSI amongst other “self destructive behaviors” (i.e. substance abuse, binge eating, smoking, and reckless endangerment) (Herrenkohl, Catalano, Hemphill, & Toumbourou, 2009). Currently NSSI is not considered a disorder in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), but a proposed revision is being considered for the creation of an NSSI diagnosis in the DSM-V (Nonsuiciadal Self Injury – Proposed Revision, 2010).

An important distinction of NSSI is that it is non-fatal by nature. If it were fatal then it would be considered suicidal behavior. NSSI events differ from suicidal events in that the intent is not death, but an improvement in psychological state (Roth & Presse, 2003). The distinction is further made by the argument of some researchers that NSSI is an “anti-suicide” behavior, suggesting that NSSI is used as a coping mechanism to avoid suicide (Suyemoto, 1998). While NSSI may be considered an attempt to avoid suicide, researchers have found a strong link between suicide and adolescents who engage in NSSI behaviors (Stanley, Gameroff, Michalsen, & Mann, 2001).

Michael Romano is a marriage and family therapy graduate student at Fairfield University.