Working with Suicidal Individuals: A Guide to Providing Understanding, Assessment and Support

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Published UK, 2011
This book provides a comprehensive guide to understanding suicide, the assessment of risk, and the treatment and management of suicidal individuals. It begins by covering the theory behind suicidal behaviour, using transactional analysis to explore the personality types of suicidal individuals and to understand their motivations. Factors that contribute to an individual becoming suicidal, such as mental illness, are also explored. A comprehensive system for the assessment of suicide risk is provided, using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Finally, the author discusses different ways in which suicidal and pseudo-suicidal individuals and the suicidal teenager can be managed and treated, including the no-suicide contract and redecision therapy.

Tony White is a psychologist in private practice in the UK.
Paperback. 271 pages


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