Critical Acclaim for The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment
"There is . . . no better guide for learning about and clinically assessing the phenomenology of suicidal states. Penned with a compelling elegance and charm, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment is brimming with clinical wisdom, enlightening case illustrations, and a vibrant sense of compassion."–David A. Jobes, PhD, past president, American Association of Suicidology
"If I were asked to recommend only one book to equip clinicians to conduct the best possible suicide risk assessments, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment would be it."–Thomas E. Ellis, PsyD, ABPP, past director, Clinical Division of the American Association of Suicidology
"A concise, carefully conceptualized, well-written book . . . highly recommended for all psychiatric residents and all other mental health students."–Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
"This outstanding book is informative, interesting, and clinically useful."–American Journal of Psychiatry
The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment covers all the critical elements of suicide assessment–from risk factor analysis to evaluating clients with borderline personality disorders or psychotic process. This highly acclaimed text provides mental health professionals with the tools they need to assess a client’s suicide risk and assign appropriate levels of care using the highly acclaimed interview strategy for eliciting suicidal ideation–the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (the CASE Approach).
Now available in paperback, the leading book on suicide assessment also contains three important new appendices:
How to Document a Suicide Assessment
Safety Contracting Revisited: Pros, Cons, and Documentation
A Quick Guide to Suicide Prevention Web Sites
About the Author
SHAWN CHRISTOPHER SHEA, MD, is a nationally acclaimed workshop leader and innovator in the field of diagnostic interviewing and author of the bestselling text, Psychiatric Interviewing: The Art of Understanding, Second Edition. He is also Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (www.suicideassessment.com) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Table of Contents
Foreword by David A. Jobes, PhD.
Preface to the Paperback Edition.
Acknowledgments to Paperback Edition.
PART ONE: THE EXPERIENCE OF SUICIDE: ETIOLOGY, PHENOMENOLOGY, AND RISK FACTORS.
1. Suicide: The Ultimate Paradox.
2. Descent into the Maelstrom: Etiology and Phenomenology of Suicide.
3. Risk Factors: Harbingers of Death.
PART TWO: UNCOVERING SUICIDAL IDEATION: PRINCIPLES, TECHNIQUES, AND STRATEGIES.
4. Before the Interview Begins: Overcoming the Taboo against Talking about Suicide.
5. Validity Techniques: Simple Tools for Uncovering Complex Secrets.
6. Eliciting Suicidal Ideation: Practical Techniques and Effective Strategies.
PART THREE: PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT OF RISK: FLEXIBLE STRATEGIES AND SOUND FORMULATIONS.
7. Putting It All Together: Safe and Effective Decision Making.
Appendix A: How to Document a Suicide Assessment.
Appendix B: Safety Contracting Revisited: Pros, Cons, and Documentation.
Appendix C: A Quick Guide to Suicide Prevention Web Sites.