Working with Suicidal Individuals: A Guide to Providing Understanding, Assessment and Support

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Jun 15, 2011 - Psychology - 272 pages

*Highly Commended in the Psychiatry Category of the 2011 BMA Book Awards*

Working with Suicidal Individuals provides a comprehensive guide to understanding suicide, the assessment of risk, and the treatment and management of suicidal individuals.

It begins by covering the theory behind suicidal behaviour, using Transactional Analysis to explore the personality types of suicidal individuals and to understand their motivations. Factors that contribute to an individual becoming suicidal, such as mental illness, are also explored. A comprehensive system for the assessment of suicide risk is provided, including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Finally, the author discusses different ways suicidal and pseudo-suicidal individuals can be managed and treated, including the 'no suicide contract' and redecision therapy. Case studies are included throughout to demonstrate the theory and practice.

This book will be essential reading for all those working with a suicidal or at-risk individual, including practitioners in health, social work, psychotherapy, psychology and counselling.


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A Guide to Providing Understanding Assessment and Support Part 2 Assessing Suicide Risk
A Guide to Providing Understanding Assessment and Support Part 3 Supporting the Suicidal Individual
A Guide to Providing Understanding Assessment and Support Epilogue
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Tony White has been a registered psychologist in private practice for the past 29 years, and is a teacher and supervisor of Transactional Analysis psychotherapists. He has worked with suicidal individuals for many years, including spending three years working in a prison identifying and managing suicidal and self-harming inmates.

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