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BOOKS:

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Chiles, J. A., Strosahl, K. D, & Roberts, L. W. (2018). Clinical manual for assessment and treatment of suicidal patients (2nd Ed.). American Psychiatric Publishing.

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

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

Freedenthal, S. (2018). Helping the suicidal person: Tips and techniques for professionals. 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. American Counseling Association.

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

Sadek, J. (2018). A Clinician’s Guide to Suicide Risk Assessment and Management. Springer.

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

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

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

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

Updated: August 22, 2021

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