The Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Emergencies and Crises includes the most up-to-date and valuable research on the evaluation and management of the most challenging patients or clients faced by mental health providers - individuals who are at high risk of suicide, of other-directed violence, or of becoming the victims of interpersonal violence. These are cases in which the outcome can be serious injury or death, and there can be negative consequences not only for the patient, but also for the patient's family and friends, for the assessing or treating clinician, and for the patient's clinic or medical center. Virtually all mental health clinicians with an active caseload will see individuals with such issues.
This Handbook is comprised of chapters by leading clinicians, researchers, and scholars in this area of practice. It presents a framework for learning the skills needed for assessing and working competently with such high-risk individuals. Chapters draw a distinction between behavioral emergencies and crises, and between emergency intervention and crisis intervention. The book examines the inter-related aspects of the major behavioral emergencies; that is, for example, the degree to which interpersonal victimization may lead an individual on a pathway to later suicidal or violent behavior, or the degree to which suicidal individuals and violent individuals may share certain cognitive characteristics. This resource is not simply a knowledge base for behavioral emergencies; it also presents a method for reducing stress and acquiring skills in working with high-risk people.
About the Editor:
Phillip M. Kleespies, PhD, ABPP, is Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and a Clinical Psychologist at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He has been a pioneer in developing the area of psychological practice known as behavioral emergencies. Dr. Kleespies was the founding President of the Section on Clinical Emergencies and Crises, a section of the APA Society of Clinical Psychology. His many publications and his mentoring have emphasized acquiring a knowledge base as well as clinical skill in decision making under dynamic conditions with high-risk individuals.