The Suicidal Patient : Clinical and Legal Standards of Care

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"Dr. Bongar proposes a working model for the assessment, management, and treatment of suicidal patients in both inpatient and outpatient contexts. His suggestions for optimal clinical practice provide additional guidance on sophisticated risk management strategies for suicide prevention and postvention." With the inclusion of new material on cross-cultural assessment and management issues, the newest appellate case law, and several risk estimators and assessment scales, The Suicidal Patient arms psychologists with the knowledge they need to care
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Overview

"Dr. Bongar proposes a working model for the assessment, management, and treatment of suicidal patients in both inpatient and outpatient contexts. His suggestions for optimal clinical practice provide additional guidance on sophisticated risk management strategies for suicide prevention and postvention." With the inclusion of new material on cross-cultural assessment and management issues, the newest appellate case law, and several risk estimators and assessment scales, The Suicidal Patient arms psychologists with the knowledge they need to care for suicidal patients and ultimately better serve all their patients. This volume will again be chosen by thousands of psychologists and mental health professionals as a reliable, practical, and sensitive resource on suicidal patients.

Legal perspectives/assessment of elevated risk/outpatient & inpatient management and trmt/risk management/etc.

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Reviewer:Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM(Abbott Laboratories)
Description:This book provides updated, pertinent, and valuable information regarding the field of suicidology. In keeping with the first edition, this second edition remains the single source of information regarding both the clinical and legal aspects of treating suicidal patients. Additionally, this book includes new information on appellate case law, physician-assisted suicide, and the ever-important cultural assessment.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide a thorough and complete source which presents suggestions for the appropriate assessment, management, and treatment of the suicidal patient in psychological practice. Ultimately, the book's goal is to combine both clinical and legal factors into a well thought out and appropriate set of guidelines. These are, without question, worthy objectives accomplished by the author.
Audience:It is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, and all other mental health professionals (e.g., psychiatric nurses) who work with suicidal patients. In addition, this is an excellent teaching tool for students and psychiatric interns and residents. The author is well-respected, highly knowledgable, and his credibility is unquestionable as he is a seasoned clinician, researcher, and academician. This author coauthored Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient (Oxford University Press, 2000) and I find myself quite impressed with the quality of the material.
Features:This book provides both the foundation and the structure for understanding and implementing the clincial and legal standards of care in treating suicidal patients. Highlights include figures and exhibits that enhance this important material. The chapter on legal perspectives is a must read, and the eight appendixes which give the reader examples of suicide assessment and rating scales, an antisuicide contract, and the legal issues in emergency psychiatry are invaluable. The references are relevant and up-to-date and include individuals who are leaders in the mental health field. In particular, readers will gain tremendous insight from Dr. Jan Fawcett's research on suicide which is referenced extensively in this book.
Assessment:This is truly a premier book that provides a clear understanding of the clinical and legal issues surrounding the treatment of suicidal patients. The usefulness of this book is without question, and the new material in the second edition justifies replacing the first edition and makes this a must-read, must-have, and must-use book for the mental health professional.
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Proposes a working model for assessment, management, and treatment of the suicidal patient, combining suggestions for optimal clinical practice with sophisticated risk management strategies. Appendices provide risk estimators and scales, a sample antisuicide contract, risk factor checklists, and a summary of legal issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433813252
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 5/31/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Sales rank: 707,972
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Foreword to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 The Knowledge Base 3
Ch. 2 Legal Perspectives 39
Ch. 3 The Assessment of Elevated Risk 81
Ch. 4 Outpatient Management and Treatment of the Suicidal Patient 139
Ch. 5 Inpatient Management and Treatment of the Suicidal Patient 177
Ch. 6 Risk Management: Prevention and Postvention 213
App. A Risk-Rescue Rating 267
App. B Lethality of Suicide Attempt Rating Scale 268
App. C The California Estimator for Suicide 295
App. D Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center Scale 299
App. E QPRT - Suicide Risk Management Inventory 305
App. F A Suicide Screening Checklist for Adolescents and Young Adults 309
App. G An Antisuicide Contract 313
App. H Legal Issues in Emergency Psychiatry 314
References 317
Subject Index 357
Author Index 365
About the Author 375
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