264 pages | 5 B/W Illus.
This practical and informative text lays out the product of a number of years of clinical research into suicide behaviour and its prevention. While the focus is on non-affective psychosis and the schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, the mechanisms underlying suicide behaviour in this group may well underlie or at least influence suicide behaviour in other disorders. The authors describe methods of assessment through individual formulation, and a cognitive behavioural intervention through case studies, to reduce the risk of suicide.
This book argues that:
· Suicide behaviour lies on a cognitive-behavioural continuum from ideation, through intention to action.
· Mechanisms based on biased information processing systems, the development of suicide schema, and appraisal styles are likely to be fruitful in explaining suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
· A psychological theory of suicide behaviour is needed in order to develop a mechanism of suicide and to understand the components of suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
· Suicide risk can be reduced through the use of the intervention methods described within the text
Cognitive Behavioural Prevention of Suicide in Psychosis evaluates practical applications of contemporary research on this topic, and will therefore be of interest to practitioners, post-graduates in training, and researchers studying suicide and/or psychosis.
Preface. Suicide: The Problem. A Theoretical Approach to Understanding Suicide. Does Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Suicide Work? Pre-Therapy: Engagement and Assessment. Formulating the Prevention of Suicide. Clinical Techniques and Implementation of CBSPp Protocol. A Case Study in Suicide Prevention: Mark. A Case Study in Suicide Prevention: Peter. Overcoming Difficulties in Implementing CBSPp: Maintaining a Hope for Hope. People and Suicide: Lived Experiences of Suicidality and Involvement in Suicide Prevention Research. Future Directions in Clinical Research and New Technologies.