Suicide: What Therapists Need to Know
There are many misconceptions about suicide, one of them being that suicidal people want to die and cannot be helped. What both mental health professionals and the public should know is that the suicidal state is almost always transient and treatable. Therapists can prepare themselves for working with such clients by learning to implement the tools and techniques that have been found effective to assess and treat suicidal individuals.
Part of the Online Article CE Series (OACES).
- Recognize the myths about suicide, including that suicidal people can't be helped.
- Recognize the warning signs for suicide.
- Identify how to treat and assess the suicidal client.
Lisa Firestone, PhD is a clinical Psychologist and the Director of Research and Education at the Glendon Association. Since 1987, she has been involved in clinical training and applied research in the areas of suicide and violence. These studies resulted in the development of the Firestone Assessment of Self-destructive Thoughts (FAST), Firestone Assessment of Suicide Intent the (FASI).as well as the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts (FAVT) published by PAR Publications. Dr. Firestone is the co-author of Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice; Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion and Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships as well as numerous peer reviewed articles and chapters.
Lisa Firestone is the senior editor for the website PsychAlive and a regular blogger on Psychology Today and the Huffington Post. Dr. Firestone consults on the management of high risk clients and is in private practice in Santa Barbara, California.
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