Suicide : Guidelines for Assessment, Management and Treatment

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Each year, almost 30,000 individuals take their own lives -- a great many more attempt suicide. Suicide is also the eighth leading cause of death in the United States and the most common psychiatric emergency. This edited book is the first of its kind to give special attention to essential training and guidelines for clinical practice in working with suicidal patients. The book includes chapters by the pre-eminent authorities on suicidology, focusing in particular on pragmatic guidelines, and takes a practical and clinical approach to teaching clinicians and clinicians-in-training about fundamental issues in the assessment, management, and treatment of the suicidal patient.
The contributors provide topical information on all aspects of epidemiology of suicide; child and youth suicide; suicide among the elderly; the detection of high risk factors; emergency room and hospital management; psychopharmacological treatments; cognitive and psychodynamic approaches to the management of suicide; postvention; training and supervision of mental health professionals in the study of suicide; malpractice and forensic issues in suicidology; and the role of the therapeutic alliance in treating the suicidal patient. Combining the experience and recommendations of some of the world's foremost experts on suicide, this book will have broad appeal to all psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and other mental health professionals, as well as to primary care physicians, nurses and other health care professionals.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 703.06g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 4 line figures
  • 0195068467
  • 9780195068467

Table of contents

1: Edwin S. Shneidman: What do suicides have in common? A summary of the psychological approach. 2: David C. Clark & Jan Fawcett: A review of empirical risk factors for the evaluation of the suicidal patient. 3: Jerome Motto: Clinical applications of biological aspects of suicide. 4: Mae Sokol & Cynthia Pfeffer: Suicidal behavior in children. 5: Allan Berman & David A. Jobes: Youth suicide. 6: John McIntosh: Suicide in the elderly. 7: James R. Eyman: Psychological testing for potentially suicidal individuals. 8: Robert Yufit & Bruce Bongar: A structured clinical assessment approach to the determination of an elevated risk of suicide in emergency room and hospital settings. 9: Christopher G. Lovett & John T. Malsberger: Psychodynamic approaches to the assessment and management of suicide. 10: Robert J. Berchick & Fred Wright: Guidelines for handling the suicidal patient: A cognitive perspective. 11: Andrew Edmund Slaby & Larry E. Dumont: Psychopharmacology of suicidal ideation and behavior. 12: Betty S. Comstock: The decision to hospitalize and alternatives to hospitalization. 13: Edward J. Dunne: Following a suicide: Postvention. 14: Ronald W. Maris: Forensic suicidology. 15: Bruce Bongar, James W. Lomax & Mort Harnatz: Training and supervisory issues in the assessment and management of the suicidal patient. 16: Bruce Bongar: Consultation and risk management in the care of the suicidal patient. Index
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About Bruce Bongar

Bruce Bongar, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, California, and an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In addition to his other published work on suicide and life-threatening behaviors, Dr. Bongar is author of The Suicidal Patient: Clinical and Legal Standards of Care. He is a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), the chair of the AAS training committee, and a consulting editor for the AAS journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Dr. Bongar is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, a chartered psychologist of the British Psychological Society, and a fellow of the American Psychological Society and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.
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