Helping the Suicidal Person provides a highly practical toolbox for mental health professionals. The book first covers the need for professionals to examine their own personal experiences and fears around suicide, moves into essential areas of risk assessment, safety planning, and treatment planning, and then provides a rich assortment of tips for reducing the person’s suicidal danger and rebuilding the wish to live. The techniques described in the book can be interspersed into any type of therapy, no matter what the professional’s theoretical orientation is and no matter whether it’s the client’s first, tenth, or one-hundredth session. Clinicians don’t need to read this book in any particular order, or even read all of it. Open the book to any page, and find a useful tip or technique that can be applied immediately.
Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, is an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and a psychotherapist in private practice. She’s the author of Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals and created the website Speaking of Suicide.
Financial: Dr. Stacey Freedenthal is a psychotherapist and consultant in private practice and has an employment relationship with the University of Denver. She has a family member with an employment relationship with LivingWorks. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Freedenthal receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Stacey Freedenthal is a member of the International Association of Suicide Prevention, the National Association of Social Workers, and the American Association of Suicidology. She uses CBT, CAMS, ACT, and other evidence-based suicide prevention strategies in her presentation.
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