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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Preventing Suicide Attempts

A Guide to Brief Treatments Across Clinical Settings, 1st Edition

Edited by Craig J. Bryan


178 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Preventing Suicide Attempts consolidates the accumulated knowledge and efforts of leading suicide researchers, and describes how a common, cognitive behavioral model of suicide has resulted in 50% or greater reductions in suicide attempts across clinical settings. Simple and straightforward descriptions of these techniques are provided, along with clear explanations of the interventions’ rationale and scientific support. Critically, specific adaptations of these interventions designed to meet the demands and needs of diverse settings and populations are explained. The result is a practical, clinician-friendly, how-to guide that demonstrates how to effectively reduce the risk for suicide attempts in any setting.


"I learned a lot from reading this book. From emergency and inpatient settings to the military environment and beyond, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Preventing Suicide Attempts gets down to the nitty gritty of working with people at significant risk of suicide. Firmly based in research, yet clinically rich, this book is a veritable Swiss Army knife of suicide prevention manuals. Essential reading for all mental health clinicians, regardless of therapeutic orientation." Thomas E. Ellis, PsyD, ABPP, director of psychology at the Menninger Clinic and professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at the Baylor College of Medicine

"This landmark text is a superb contribution to clinical suicidology. Expertly edited, it includes chapters from an all-star lineup of the field’s top authorities on CBT for suicide and deftly covers a range of views on cognitive-behavioral treatments for suicidal risk across a variety of clinical settings. It’s an indispensable book on a proven approach for effectively treating suicidal risk, and it will undoubtedly help save lives." David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology and associate director of clinical training at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC

"There is an unfortunate shortage of evidence-based interventions and guidance for those working with patients at risk of suicide. This book is both practical and extremely helpful. Dr. Bryan and his colleagues are to be commended for meeting the needs of clinicians in multiple treatment settings." Timothy W. Lineberry, MD, former board chair of the American Association of Suicidology and former medical director of the Mayo Clinic Psychiatric Hospital

Table of Contents

Introduction Craig J. Bryan Section I: Understanding Suicide 1.The Problem of Suicide Michael D. Anestis and Lauren R. Khazem 2. The Language of Suicide Bridget B. Matarazzo, Beeta Y. Homaifar, Samantha A. Farro, and Lisa A. Brenner 3. What We Know and Don’t Know About Treating Suicide Risk Ann Marie Hernandez Section II: The Cognitive Behavioral Model of Suicide 4. A Cognitive Behavioral Model of Suicide Risk Tracy A. Clemans 5. Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention: An Illustrative Case Example Kelly L. Green and Gregory K. Brown Section III: Suicide Prevention in Different Settings 6. Treating Risk for Self-Directed Violence in Inpatient Settings Marjan Ghahramanlou-Holloway, Laura L. Neely, and Jennifer Tucker 7. Preventing Suicide Attempts in Military Settings Craig J. Bryan and M. David Rudd 8. Treating Suicide Risk in Emergency Departments Emily Biggs, Cemile Ceren Sonmez, and Barbara Stanley 9. Treating Self-Directed Violence in Primary-Care Settings Craig J. Bryan and Peter C. Britton Section IV: Special Issues Special Issues with Treating Suicidal Patients Craig J. Bryan

About the Editor

Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology and is currently the executive director of the National Center for Veterans Studies and an assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of Utah.

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Clinical Topics in Psychology and Psychiatry

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