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

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

by Stephen J. Edwards
     
 

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Suicide Prevention Contracting: The Pitfalls, Perils, and Seven Safer Alternatives demonstrates that suicide prevention contracting, a widely adopted but little-understood form of suicide prevention, is almost wholly counterproductive and potentially dangerous for both patients and the clinician attempting to assist them. Edwards and Goj make a compelling case for… See more details below

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Suicide Prevention Contracting: The Pitfalls, Perils, and Seven Safer Alternatives demonstrates that suicide prevention contracting, a widely adopted but little-understood form of suicide prevention, is almost wholly counterproductive and potentially dangerous for both patients and the clinician attempting to assist them. Edwards and Goj make a compelling case for this alarming pronouncement and offer seven alternative procedures.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765709974
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
12/11/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
196
File size:
5 MB

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