Suicide Assessment and Treatment: Empirical and Evidence-Based Practices

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826116987
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/29/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,080,871
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Worchel, PhD, is an assistant professor at Columbia University, School of Social Work. Dr. Worchel has a wide range of clinical experience working with individuals with mood disorders and suicidality in outpatient, inpatient, and psychiatric emergency room settings. During the past 8 years, Dr. Worchel has conducted research examining risk and protective factors across cultures related to mood disorders and suicidal behavior. Her research has also focused on the development of novel interventions aimed at improving treatment engagement and adherence among suicide attempters. As a principal investigator, Dr. Worchel has received funding for her research, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). Dr. Worchel currently teaches clinical practice with a special focus on adult mental illness and individuals with suicidality.

Dr. Robin Edward Gearing is an assistant professor at Columbia University, School of Social Work. Dr. Gearing has extensive experience as a clinician, with 15 years of practice in mental health programs. He has provided a wide range of therapeutic and clinical services as a child, adolescent, and family therapist to individuals, groups, and families at an academic children's hospital, in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric programs. Dr. Gearing has also worked as a psychiatric social worker with the crisis team of a community hospital where he provided adolescents and adults with clinical consultation and crisis risk assessment. Dr. Gearing has been a principal or coinvestigator in a number of research studies in the areas of mental health and health, with a specifi c focus on children, adolescents, and families. Currently, Dr. Gearing is both teaching and investigating evidence-based mental health clinical interventions with a specifi c focus on improving and enhancing treatment engagement and adherence in children, adolescents, and their families. Drs. Worchel and Gearing conduct research together and for several years have cotaught advanced seminars on the assessment and treatment of suicidality.

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Table of Contents



1 Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Suicide

2 The Role of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity in Suicide

3 Religion and Suicide


4 Assessment

5 Crisis Intervention and Suicide

6 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Suicide

7 Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Suicide

8 Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Suicide


9 Child and Adolescent Suicide

10 Adult Suicide


12 Schizophrenia and Suicide

13 Depression and Suicide

14 Substance-Related Disorders and Suicide


15 At-Risk Groups

16 Survivors of Suicide

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