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Chiles, J. A., & Strosahl, K. D. Clinical manual for assessment and treatment of suicidal patients. American Psychiatric Publishing.

Edwards, S. J. (2013). Suicide prevention contracting: The pitfalls, perils, and seven safer alternatives. Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson.

Flemons, D., & Gralnik, L. M. (2013). Relational suicide assessment: Risks, resources, and possibilities for safety. New York: W. W. Norton.

Freedenthal, S. (2018). Helping the suicidal person: Tips and techniques for professionals. New York: Routledge.

In addition to describing therapeutic and counseling techniques, my book directly addresses risk assessment and management in the following tips: Tip 8: Directly Ask about Suicidal Thoughts. Tip 9: Turn to Techniques for Eliciting Sensitive Information. Tip 10: Embrace a Narrative Approach: “Suicidal Storytelling.” Tip 11: Ask about Suicidal Imagery, Too. Tip 12: Uncover Fears of Hospitalization and Other Obstacles to Disclosure. Tip 15: Resist the Urge to Persuade or Offer Advice. Tip 16: Understand the Person’s Reasons for Dying. Tip 17: Validate the Wish to Die. Tip 18: Acknowledge that Suicide is an Option. Tip 19: Gather Remaining Essentials about Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior. Tip 20: Learn About Prior Suicidal Crises: The CASE Approach. Tip 21: Cautiously Use Standardized Questionnaires. Tip 22: Privilege Warning Signs Over Risk Factors. Tip 23: Screen for Access to Firearms. Tip 24: Inquire about Internet Use. Tip 25: Probe for Homicidal Ideation. Tip 26: Collect Information from Family, Professionals, and Others. Tip 27: Examine Reasons for Living. Tip 28: Identify Other Protective Factors. Tip 29: Pay Attention to Culture. Tip 30: Investigate Religious and Spiritual Views of Suicide. Tip 31: Solicit the Person’s Own Assessment of Suicide Risk. Tip 32: Estimate Acute Risk for Suicide. Tip 33: Estimate Chronic Risk for Suicide. Tip 34: Document Generously.  Tip 35: Know When and Why to Pursue Hospitalization. Tip 36: Know When and Why Not to Pursue Hospitalization. Tip 37: Do Not Use a No-Suicide Contract. Tip 38: Collaboratively Develop a Safety Plan. Tip 39: Encourage Delay. Tip 40: Problem-Solve around Access to Firearms. Tip 41: Discuss Access to Other Means for Suicide, Too. Tip 42: In Case of Terminal Illness, Proceed Differently (Perhaps). Tip 43: Seek Consultation. Tip 44: Make Suicidality the Focus. Tip 45: As Needed, Increase Frequency of Contact. Tip 46: Treat Chronic Suicidality Differently. Tip 47: Involve Loved Ones. Tip 48: Suggest a Physical Exam. Tip 49: Recommend an Evaluation for Medication. Tip 50: Continue to Monitor Suicidal Ideation.

McGlothlin, J. M. (2008). Developing clinical skills in suicide assessment, prevention, and treatment. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Rudd, M. D. (2006). The assessment and management of suicidality. Professional Resource Press/Professional Resource Exchange.

Shea, S. C. (2011). The practical art of suicide assessment: A guide for mental health professionals and substance abuse counselors. Stoddard, NH: Mental Health Presses.

Simon, R. I. (2011). Preventing patient suicide: Clinical assessment and management. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.

Simon, R. I., & Hales, R. E. Hales (Eds.). (2012). The American Psychiatric Publishing textbook of suicide assessment and management (2nd ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.

NOTE: I haven’t read all of these books, and a book’s inclusion in these lists is not necessarily a recommendation or endorsement.