Karen Conterio is the Administrative Director of S.A.F.E. (Self-Abuse Finally Ends) Alternatives. The program was founded by Conterio in 1984 as the first outpatient support group for those who engage in repetitive self-harm behavior. In 1985, she teamed with Wendy Lader, Ph.D., to offer the first structured inpatient program. Wendy Lader, Ph.D., is Clinical Director of the S.A.F.E. Alternatives program. She also serves as a consultant to the Women’s Services at the Loop YWCA in Chicago. Both authors live in Chicago.