Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals

Author: Freedenthal, Stacey (University of Denver, Colorad


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  • ISBN: 9781138946958
  • Author: Freedenthal, Stacey (University of Denver, Colorad
  • Publ Date: 2017-09-13
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  • Pages: 216
  • Imprint: ROUTLEDGE *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 567030

Table of Contents :

Acknowledgements Author's Note Introduction 1. Understanding Suicide and You 2. Overcoming the Taboo 3. Joining with the Suicidal Person 4. Assessing Danger 5. Assessing Protective & Cultural Factors 6. Putting It All Together: Estimating Risk 7. Attending to Immediate Safety 8. Planning for Treatment 9. Alleviating Psychological Pain 10. Exploring Motivations and Misgivings 11. Inspiring Hope 12. Drawing from Cognitive Behavior Strategies 13. Improving Quality of Life 14. Moving Forward After a Suicide Attempt 15. Building Resilience


Helping the Suicidal Person provides a highly practical toolbox for mental health professionals. The book first covers the need for professionals to examine their own personal experiences and fears around suicide, moves into essential areas of risk assessment, safety planning, and treatment planning, and then provides a rich assortment of tips for reducing the person's suicidal danger and rebuilding the wish to live. The techniques described in the book can be interspersed into any type of therapy, no matter what the professional's theoretical orientation is and no matter whether it's the client's 1st, 10th, or 100th session. Clinicians don't need to read this book in any particular order, or even read all of it. Open the book to any page, and find a useful tip or technique that can be applied immediately.

Author Biography:

Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, is an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Her psychotherapy and consulting practice focuses on suicide assessment and intervention.


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