Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior

Assessment, treatment, and prevention of suicidal behavior / edited by Robert I. Yufit and David Lester

Change is a constant in life. By building coping strengths the clinician can help the more vulnerable person cross the therapy bridge and prevent the extreme failure of adaptation: suicide. We dedicate this book to the mental health clinicians who help suicidal patients build the therapy bridge from hopelessness to wellness, from vulnerability to successful coping with change.

This book plays a vital role in helping the reader keep pace with the many changes in assessment that have occurred since those early days. In some instances, it brings the reader up to date with familiar tests by giving their history and indicating its current status, whether useful applicability (Beck scales), or reaffirmations of doubtful help (MMPI, Rorschach in part).

But even with unconfirmed scales, there are indications of ways in which they might be useful, as in providing information about specific aspects like impulsivity, handling of guilt feelings, or management of anger and similar conditions that contribute to evaluating suicide status.

A comprehensive view of the major areas of assessment, treatment, and prevention in suicide prevention since its beginnings in the 1950s reveals an uneven development, with studies of treatment of the suicidal individual at first lagging behind the studies of assessment.

However, as reflected in this book, the focus has shifted and many studies have appeared on individual therapies and long-term treatments, with at least two of the therapies reporting success in working with people at risk of suicide—cognitive behavior therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.

For those who still prefer to work with dynamics, there is voice therapy and transactional analysis with their specialized features for providing insights, along with gestalt therapy, interpersonal therapy, insight therapy, and others.


PART ONE:  Screening and Assessment

  • Clinical Use of Suicide Assessment Scales: Enhancing Reliability and Validity through the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Assessment of Suicide: Beck’s Scales for Assessing Mood and Suicidality
  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventories (MMPI/MMPI-2, MMPI-A) and Suicide
  • Contributions to Assessment of Suicide Risk
  • Assessing the Vital Balance in Evaluating Suicidal Potential

PART TWO: Intervention and Treatment of Suicidality

  • The Classic Systems of Psychotherapy and Suicidal Behavior
  • Crisis Intervention in the Context of Outpatient Treatment of Suicidal Patients
  • No-Suicide Contracts
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Suicidal Patients
  • Voice Therapy: A Treatment for Depression and Suicide
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • The Widening Scope of Family Therapy for the Elderly
  • Group Therapy and Suicide

PART THREE:  Special Issues

  • Easing the Legacy of Suicide
  • Coping with Suicide in the Schools: The Art and the Research
  • Helping College Students Cope with Suicidal Impulses
  • Suicide Terrorism

Language: English
Format: PDF
Pages: 501
Size: 3 mb

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