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Suicide Assessment and Treatment, Second Edition

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Suicide Assessment and Treatment, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826135148

Empirical and Evidence-Based Practices

Author: Dana Alonzo Ph.D., Robin E. Gearing Ph.D.

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The most comprehensive and current evidence-based coverage of suicide treatment and assessment for mental health students and practitioners, this book prepares readers how to react when clients reveal suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The components of suicide assessments, empirically-supported treatments, and ethical and legal issues that may arise are reviewed. Vignettes, role play exercises, quizzes, and case studies engage readers to enhance learning.

Highlights include:

  • Provides everything one needs to know about evidence-based suicide treatments including crisis intervention, cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavior, and interpersonal therapies, and motivational interviewing.
  • Examines the risk of suicide ideation and behaviors across the lifespan (children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly) and across vulnerable populations (homeless, prisoners, and more).
  • Considers suicide within the context of religion and spirituality, age, race and ethnicity including prevalence, trends, and risk factors.
  • Explores ethical considerations such as informed consent, confidentiality, liability, and euthanasia.
  • Reviews suicidal behaviors across demographics and diagnostic groups including depressive, bipolar, personality, substance-related, and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders.
  • Individual and Small Group Exercises allow readers to consider their personal reactions to the material and how this might impact their clinical practice and compare their reactions with others.
  • Case Examples that depict realistic scenarios that readers may encounter in practice.
  • Role Plays that provide a chance to practice difficult scenarios that may arise when working with suicidal clients.
  • Reviews key material in each chapter via Goals and Objectives, Knowledge Acquisition Tests, and Key Points to help students prepare for exams.
  • Provides answers to the Knowledge Acquisition Tests in the instructor’s resources.

New to this edition:

  • Expanded coverage of suicide and mental illness, including updating to the DSM-5 and the addition of new diagnostic categories including bipolar and personality disorders.
  • Expanded coverage of at-risk populations including new chapters on veterans and military personnel and LGBTQ individuals.
  • New chapter on motivational interviewing explores how this treatment has been adapted to address suicidal behavior.
  • Expanded coverage of surviving a suicide as a family member, friend, and mental health professional.

Intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in suicide assessment and prevention, crisis intervention, crisis counseling or assessment, or advanced techniques taught in social work, counseling, psychology, public health, nursing, and medicine, this book is also appropriate for mental health and health professionals in these areas.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 18, 2017
  • Page Count 480
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826135148
  • EISBN 9780826135155

About The Author(s) 

Dana Alonzo, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and a Founder and Director of the Suicide Prevention Research Program. She has many years of clinical experience working with individuals with suicidality in a variety of settings. Dr. Alonzo's research focuses on examining risk and protective factors related to suicidal ideation and behavior and developing interventions aimed at facilitating the treatment engagement and adherence of individuals at risk for suicide

Robin E. Gearing, PhD, LCSW is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Mental Health Research and Innovations in Treatment Engagement and Service at the University of Houston. Dr. Gearing’s research and clinical expertise focuses on improving the mental health outcomes of adolescents and young adults with serious mental illnesses, and their families. His research is driven by an interest in informing and improving engagement and adherence to empirically-supported psychosocial and medication treatment, and developing evidence-based interventions.

Table of Contents 




Part I: Introduction

    Chapter 1: Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Suicide

    Chapter 2: The Role of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity in Suicide

    Chapter 3: Religion and Suicide

Part II: Suicidality Across the Life Span

    Chapter 4: Child and Adolescent Suicide

    Chapter 5: Adult Suicide

    Chapter 6: Older Adult Suicide

Part III: Suicide and Mental Illness

    Chapter 7: Depressive and Bipolar Disorders and Suicide

    Chapter 8: Schizophrenia and Suicide

    Chapter 9: Substance-Related Disorders and Suicide

    Chapter 10: Personality Disorders and Suicide

Part IV: At-Risk Populations

    Chapter 11: Active Military Personnel and Veterans

    Chapter 12: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ)

    Chaoter 13: Other At-Risk Groups

Part V: Assessing Suicide

    Chapter 14: Guidelines for Suicide Risk Assessment

Part VI: Evidence-Based Treatments

    Chapter 15: Crisis Intervention and Suicide

    Chapter 16: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Suicide

    Chapter 17: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Suicide

    Chapter 18: Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) and Suicide

    Chapter 19: Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Suicide

Part VII: Surviving Suicide

    Chapter 20: Survivors of Suicide: Family and Friends

    Chapter 21: Survivors of Suicide: Mental Health Professionals