Suicide Assessment and Treatment: Empirical and Evidence-Based Practices

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Springer Publishing Company, Apr 29, 2010 - Social Science - 384 pages

Suicide is an event that cannot be ignored, minimized, or left untreated. However, all too often mental health professionals and health care practitioners are unprepared to treat suicidal clients. This text offers the latest guidance to frontline professionals who will likely encounter such clients throughout their careers, and to educators teaching future clinicians.

The book discusses how to react when clients reveal suicidal thoughts; the components of comprehensive suicide assessments; evidence-based treatments such as crisis intervention, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and more; and ethical and legal issues that may arise. Case studies, exercises, quizzes, and other features make this a must-have reference for graduate level courses.

Key topics:

  • Risk and identification of suicidal behaviors across the lifespan (children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly)
  • The links between suicidality and mental illness (psychotic disorders, mood disorders, and substance abuse)
  • Suicide risk among special populations (military personnel, LGBTQ individuals, the homeless, and more)
  • A model for crisis intervention with suicidal individuals

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    Contents

    INTRODUCTION
    1
    EVIDENCEBASED TREATMENTS
    85
    SUICIDALITY ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
    169
    SUICIDE AND MENTAL ILLNESS
    237
    SPECIAL POPULATIONS
    289
    Glossary
    339
    Index
    349
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    Dana Alonzo, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and a Founder and Director of the Suicide Prevention Research Program. She has many years of clinical experience working with individuals with suicidality in a variety of settings. Dr. Alonzo's research focuses on examining risk and protective factors related to suicidal ideation and behavior and developing interventions aimed at facilitating the treatment engagement and adherence of individuals at risk for suicide

    Robin E. Gearing, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Mental Health Research and Innovations in Treatment Engagement and Service at the University of Houston. Dr. Gearing’s research and clinical expertise focuses on improving the mental health outcomes of adolescents and young adults with serious mental illnesses, and their families. His research is driven by an interest in informing and improving engagement and adherence to empirically-supported psychosocial and medication treatment, and developing evidence-based interventions.

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