Adolescent Non-Suicidal Self Injury for Primary Care Physicians


This brief online course will help you build confidence in providing initial management of young adult presenting self harm behaviours.


Upon completion of the course, participants will be equipped to:

  • Define NSSI and describe the incidence
  • Assess adolescent patients who present with self harm
  • Counsel patients and their families
  • Initiate strategies for these individuals
  • It is not recommended to access the online modules on smartphones at this point as your learning experience might be compromised.
  • There are required learning activities in the course, such as reviewing video materials, responding to questions and responding to some course evaluation survey questions.
  • Course navigation: Use the table of content in the ‘COURSE NAVIGATION’ widget of the program. In the main area of your screen, there are also ‘Previous Module/Topic’ and ‘Next Module/Topic’ icons at the bottom of each page.
  • ‘TAKE NOTES’: To make notes for your own use, click on ‘TAKE NOTES’ at the upper right corner of your screen to open the notes field. All the course notes you have made can be found in a full list in the page of ‘My Courses’.
  • “MARK COMPLETE”: When you go through the course the first time, you will notice the “MARK COMPLETE” button in the pages. Make sure clicking on it when you reach the bottom of a page. After you complete the whole course, the “MARK COMPLETE” will not be there anymore when you revisit the content.
  • ‘CONTINUE RECENT ACTIVITY”: Please be aware that it will take you 0.5 hours to complete the modules. For the convenience of self-paced learning, you may exit from the middle of the course and come back later. When you log into the e-learning portal again, click on ‘Continue Recent Activity’, and you will be redirected to where you left last time.

This one-credit-per-hour Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 0.5 Mainpro+ credits.

You may also perform Linking Learning exercises around a question you ask yourself as a result of learning from this program at: Each completed Linking Learning exercise earns up to five Mainpro+ certified credits.

Material presented are in compliance with the University of Calgary Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use of Material Protected by Copyright.

Course materials are for individual use only and not to be distributed.

  • This course has received no commercial sponsorship support.
  • This program was provided by Alberta Health Services and Calgary Zone Primary Care Networks, and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.
  • Planning committee and faculty disclosure





Rick Ward


Nothing to declare

Medical Director, Primary Care, Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone

Bahigi Fyith


Nothing to declare

Senior Advisor, Calgary Zone Primary Care, Alberta Health Services

Monica Sargious


Alberta Health Services – Section Chief Community Primary Care Department of Family Medicine-Calgary zone

Clinical Assistant Professor, Section Chief Community Primary Care, Department of Family Medicine-Calgary Zone

Utkarsh Subnis


Nothing to declare

CME&PD, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Rick Ward MD CCFP (Chair)
Monica Sargious MD CCFP FCFP
Bahigi Fyith BSc RD
Utkarsh Subnis PhD, MBBS (CME Representative)