The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and Substance Abuse Counselors

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Wiley, 1999 - Medical - 254 pages
Critical Acclaim for The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment

"There is . . . no better guide for learning about and clinically assessing the phenomenology of suicidal states. Penned with a compelling elegance and charm, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment is brimming with clinical wisdom, enlightening case illustrations, and a vibrant sense of compassion."-David A. Jobes, PhD, past president, American Association of Suicidology

"If I were asked to recommend only one book to equip clinicians to conduct the best possible suicide risk assessments, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment would be it."-Thomas E. Ellis, PsyD, ABPP, past director, Clinical Division of the American Association of Suicidology

"A concise, carefully conceptualized, well-written book . . . highly recommended for all psychiatric residents and all other mental health students."-Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

"This outstanding book is informative, interesting, and clinically useful."-American Journal of Psychiatry

The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment covers all the critical elements of suicide assessment-from risk factor analysis to evaluating clients with borderline personality disorders or psychotic process. This highly acclaimed text provides mental health professionals with the tools they need to assess a client's suicide risk and assign appropriate levels of care using the highly acclaimed interview strategy for eliciting suicidal ideation-the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (the CASE Approach).

Now available in paperback, the leading book on suicide assessment also contains three important new appendices:
* How to Document a Suicide Assessment
* Safety Contracting Revisited: Pros, Cons, and Documentation
* A Quick Guide to Suicide Prevention Web Sites

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SHAWN CHRISTOPHER SHEA, MD, is a nationally acclaimed workshop leader and educational innovator in the field of the initial diagnostic interview. He is the author of the bestselling text Psychiatric Interviewing: The Art of Understanding, Second Edition. Dr. Shea has received an Outstanding Course Award from the American Psychiatric Association for his presentations at its annual meetings and has presented at both the Cape Cod Symposia and the Santa Fe Symposia. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire, and is also in private practice.

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