Suicide: An Essential Guide for Helping Professionals and Educators

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Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2007 - Education - 340 pages

A useful and much-needed resource, this new book encapsulates the suicide literature into readable chunks, offering both practical skills and research based information.

The book provides a comprehensive approach to many essential topics related to suicide and yet maintains a practical readability that busy clinicians will appreciate. Well organized chapters explain the relationship of suicide to specific topics, including a thorough discussion of at-risk clients and multiple aspects of working with suicidal clients (history, assessment, crises management, special populations, prevention, and postvention). Through use of this material, helping professionals will gain insights, practical skills, and therapeutic confidence into their work with the suicidal individual. Readers will appreciate the practical tips, lists, resources, and case studies available throughout.

Features Include:

  • Use of case examples and studies throughout.
  • A full chapter on assessment provides solid practical information on a skill not often taught to pre-service helpers.
  • Clinicians can find and use Internet and published resources throughout.

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I'm in a high school as a counselor. I can't believe how many of my students are suicidal, cut themselves, talk about suicide, know about suicide attempts of their friends. It wasn't like this when I first started (I've been doing this awhile - okay, a LONG while!). I picked up this book at a conference, and I've used the information again and again, and shared the chapter on school-based prevention with other counselors in my building, as well as our principal. All I can say is I hope the next generation of school counselors is getting trained in this stuff - you're going to need it!
Overall, a really helpful book for the kinds of students we have in schools today.

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I have been licensed as a counselor for two years. Wish I had read this book when I was in graduate school. It compiles information in a really user-friendly way for work with clients in all sorts of settings. I found the chapters on assessment and intervention particularly useful. I would recommend this book without reservation to new counselors, or to those who have been in the field for awhile. Really helpful. 


Historical and Theoretical Foundations
SECTION TWO Populations at Risk
Suicide and Suicide Risk Factors in Young and MiddleAged

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