Strategies for Understanding and Assessing Suicide Risk in Psychotherapy

Toth, Michelle E.; Schwartz, Robert C.; Kurka, Sandy T.
December 2007
Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association;Winter2007, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p18
Academic Journal
Suicide assessment is one of the most daunting tasks asked of psychotherapists, as clinicians are often faced with evaluating a client's suicidality at a moment's notice. Because it is important for psychotherapists to be continually aware of knowledge and skills related to current assessment practices, this article provides a brief update on suicide risk factors, myths about suicide, and suicide assessment strategies. Simple tips and resources for further information and training are also included.


Related Articles

  • WORKING WITH THE SUICIDAL CLIENT. Reeves, Andrew; Seber, Pat // CPJ: Counselling & Psychotherapy Journal;May2004, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p45 

    Clients presenting in therapy with suicidal thoughts or plans can be challenging for even the most experienced therapist. Understanding the world of suicidal clients, knowing how best to respond in the therapeutic relationship, and ultimately making decisions about the implications for...

  • Death-defying Acts. Robbins, Joseph V. // H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;Jan2001, Vol. 75 Issue 1, p20 

    Identifies the risk factors of suicide cases among psychiatric patients in the United States. Information on several studies on the causes of suicide cases; Programs to prevent suicide.

  • Suicidal Behaviour in Children and Adolescents. Part 2: Treatment and Prevention. Steele, Margaret M.; Doey, Tamison // Canadian Journal of Psychiatry;Jun2007 Supplement 1, Vol. 52, p35S 

    Objective: To systematically review the treatment of suicidal behaviour in children and adolescents. Method: After discussing the principles of treatment, we review the literature regarding adequate assessment, hospital-based services and their alternatives, and follow-up. Results: Treatment...

  • Suicide risk in small areas in England and Wales, 1991–1993. Middleton, Nicos; Whitley, Elise; Frankel, Stephen; Dorling, Danny; Sterne, Jonathan; Gunnell, David // Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology;Jan2004, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p45 

    Background:. There is growing evidence that areas characterised by high levels of social fragmentation have higher suicide rates. Previous ecological studies have focused on relatively large geographic areas and/or examined associations in all age groups combined. Methods:. Negative binominal...

  • Suicide risk makes ID of BDD patients critical. Jesitus, John // Cosmetic Surgery Times;Nov/Dec2006, Vol. 9 Issue 10, p10 

    The article reports on the risk of suicide, which is critical on the identity of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) patients. According to experts, the link between BDD and suicide attempts will make it crucial to accurately identify and refer such patients for appropriate treatment. However,...

  • Walking a path to the unknown. Freeth, Rachel // Therapy Today;Jun2013, Vol. 24 Issue 5, p6 

    The article presents the author's insights on her engagement with the suicidal beingness of Susan. The author mentions that she considered her duties and responsibilities as a professional helper while being aware of her helping instincts as a human being. She adds that she has experience...

  • Will the UK government change our approach to risk? Cole-King, Alys; Leppina, Peter // BMJ: British Medical Journal (Overseas & Retired Doctors Edition;7/24/2010, Vol. 341 Issue 7765, p204 

    In this article, the authors discuss the assessment and management of risks in reducing the incidence of suicide in Great Britain. They highlights the topic discussed at the European Convention on Human Rights in which healthcare providers have the duty to protect mentally ill patients who are...

  • Suicide Risk Assessment.  // ED Nursing;Sep2009 Supplement, p4 

    The article offers information on suicide risk assessment on a patient. When a patient presents to either or by squad, a brief assessment needs to be completed. If the patient does not appear to be suicidal, the assessment is simple and no further action is required. In case, the patient appears...

  • 35 Years of Working With Suicidal Patients: Lessons Learned. Meichenbaum, Donald // Canadian Psychology;May2005, Vol. 46 Issue 2, p64 

    Following a personal description of several patients who have committed suicide in my clinical practice and consultation, I summarize the literature on risk assessment for suicide. The form adopted is a set of specific questions that a knowledgeable clinical supervisor might use to help a...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics