Suicide Prevention Contracting: The Pitfalls, Perils, and Seven Safer Alternatives

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In Suicide Prevention Contracting: The Pitfalls, Perils, and Seven Safer Alternatives, Edwards and Goj expose one of the biggest myths operating in health care and human services for forty years or more. This book will challenge clinicians and their superiors who see Suicide Prevention Contracting (SPC) as a state-of-the-art standard of care intervention. No medical or mental health care professional, educator, lawyer, or health and human services decision maker can afford to ignore what this book presents. A ...
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Overview

In Suicide Prevention Contracting: The Pitfalls, Perils, and Seven Safer Alternatives, Edwards and Goj expose one of the biggest myths operating in health care and human services for forty years or more. This book will challenge clinicians and their superiors who see Suicide Prevention Contracting (SPC) as a state-of-the-art standard of care intervention. No medical or mental health care professional, educator, lawyer, or health and human services decision maker can afford to ignore what this book presents. A family of new clinical terms and interlinked concepts, describing virtually every aspect of SPC is clearly articulated and ready for use in the workplace. Not until now has a book so simply yet comprehensively explained the widespread troubling practice of SPC. Written in an accessible narrative style, this landmark book presents vital information about a questionable suicide prevention intervention operating within this era of evidence-based practice and personal legal risk protection and, in doing so, offers seven safer alternative procedures.
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Editorial Reviews

Thomas Joiner
As Edwards and Goj show with both clinical and scholarly acumen, ‘no-suicide’ contracts are both ill-advised and distressingly common. We need alternatives—clinically useful and research supported alternatives—and these authors provide several.
John D. Gavazzi
Edwards and Goj offer a comprehensive review of the research and problemsrelated to‘no suicide contracts.’ They offer a variety of clinically viable alternatives to help mental health professionals work with suicidal patients.
Annette Beautrais
In this era of evidence-based suicide prevention it is surprising that the ‘no-suicide’ contract has endured. This new book—the first devoted solely to the ‘no-suicide’ contract—discusses why it should not be used and suggests seven safer substitutes. The book is a must for all those who work with suicidal clients, for those who supervise them, and for those in training.
PsycCRITIQUES
The aim of Suicide Prevention Contracting: The Pitfalls, Perils, and Seven Safer Alternatives is commendable: to caution mental health professionals against unthinkingly using nosuicide contracts. Authors Stephen J. Edwards and Christopher Goj firmly believe that nosuicide contracts are unhelpful, actually compromising treatment because, rather than reinforcing the clinician–client relationship, they erode the empathy and compassion that clinicians offer clients. Thus, this book not only condemns no suicide contracts as unhelpful but also warns that such contracts may go so far as to cause harm. . . .Edwards and Goj provide valid points and pull data from an impressively large sample. . . .[T]his book . . . [would] be . . . useful as a reference for clinicians.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765709967
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2013
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Edwards, BSW, PhD, (University of Western Australia) is a current research (honorary) fellow at the University of Western Australia, senior mental health clinician (senior clinical social worker), and child and adolescent mental health service manager with Western Australian Mental Health Services.

Christopher Goj, MA, (University of Auckland) is the former staff writer and program manager of suicide prevention education with Lifeline Aotearoa (New Zealand).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Symbols and Abbreviations
Introduction: Evidence Base behind this Book
Part 1: Current Understanding of Suicide Prevention Contracting
Chapter 1: A personal journey with SPC
Chapter 2: Historical review
Chapter 3: Definitions
Chapter 4: Causes of current concern
Part 2: A New Understanding of Suicide Prevention Contracting
Chapter 5: Profile of contemporary SPC
Chapter 6: The anatomy of contemporary SPC
Part 3: The Potential-to-Cause-Harm Profile of Suicide Prevention Contracting
Chapter 7: How SPC can compromise treatment
Chapter 8: The role of no suicide assurances in clinical practice
Chapter 9: Contraindications for SPC
Part 4: Alternatives to Suicide Prevention Contracting
Chapter 10: Seven alternatives to SPC
Conclusion
Frequently Asked Questions
Appendices: Teaching Tools
Useful links
Index
About the Author
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