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by M. David Rudd
by M. David Rudd

Assessment and Management of Suicidality

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• 2006  86pp paperback   ISBN: 9781568871059
• A Practitioner's Resource Series Title

"Written by one of the preeminent leaders of contemporary clinical suicidology, this remarkable book succinctly provides state-of-the-art assessment and management procedures for effective clinical care of suicidal patients.  Guided by years of scholarship, empirical research, clinical and professional training experiences, Dr. David Rudd skillfully distills the essential elements of working effectively with suicidal patients.  This compact book deftly walks the reader through an empirically-grounded approach to suicide risk assessment and the subsequent process of making key clinical management decisions with these most challenging of cases.  If ever there was an example of 'less is more' this book is it - an essential guide to what every mental health practitioner needs to know to successfully work with suicidal patients."
     -David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP,
Professor of Psychology and Codirector of Clinical Training, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC; Author of Managing Suicidal Risk: A Collaborative Approach

"If I were to choose only one consultant to advise and inform me regarding my assessment and care of an at-risk for suicide patient, it would be David Rudd.  Here is David Rudd at his best.  Practical, instructive, comprehensive, and terrifically helpful, this resource should be at every clinician's fingertips."
     -Lanny Berman, PhD, ABPP,
Executive Director, American Association of Suicidology

"You can count on one hand the number of international experts who are accomplished in the clinical and the scientific and the forensic-regulatory aspects of suicidality.  David Rudd is one such expert, and it shows in his book The Assessment and Management of Suicidality.  The book is a comprehensive and accessible go-to resource for anyone interested in suicidality."
     -Thomas Joiner, PhD,
The Bright-Burton Professor of Psychology; Author of Why People Die By Suicide

Table of Contents

Terminology: The Importance of Being Precise
Understanding the Nature of Risk Over Time: Differentiating Acute and Chronic Risk
Task Number One: Establishing and Maintaining a Relationship
Assessing Suicidal Thinking and Behaviors: The Importance of Being Specific
    Figure 1: Exploring Suicidal Thoughts and Getting an Accurate Report
Completing the Picture: Assessing Other Risk Factors
    Table 1: Additional Areas of Risk Assessment
Putting It All Together: Risk Formulation and Risk Categories
    Table 2: Acute Suicide Risk Continuum
Clinical Decision Making and Risk Management
    Table 3: Suicide Risk Continuum and Indicated Responses
    The No-Suicide Contract in Clinical Management: What Is It?
    What Does the Empirical Literature Say About No-Suicide Contracts? Do They Work?
    An Alternative for Clinical Practice: The Commitment to Treatment Statement
    CTS in Practice
    Sample Commitment to Treatment Statement (CTS)
    Sample Crisis Response Plan (CRP)
    Enlisting the Help of Family Members
The Importance of Documentation: Open and Closed Risk Markers
Consultation: Knowing When to Ask for Help
Closing Comments: Clinical Practice and the Reality of Suicide
Appendices / References

CE Program

A supplemental 4-credit/hour, 40-question continuing education program is available for this book.  To order the complete program (this book and CE test module, or test module alone if you already have access to this book), go to: Assessment and Management of Suicidality - CE Program (4 Credits/Hours)

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About the Author
M. David Rudd, PhD, ABPP, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Texas Tech University, with an adjunct appointment as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.  He also maintains a part-time private practice in clinical psychology.  Dr. Rudd completed his undergraduate training at Princeton University, his doctoral training at the University of Texas-Austin, and a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia under the direction of Aaron T. Beck.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Div. 12), the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (a founding fellow).  In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Rudd is an active researcher with over 100 publications including several books.  His research focuses on clinical suicidology, cognitive therapy, and ethics and regulatory issues in psychology.  His work has resulted in the receipt of several awards including the Edwin Shneidman (1999) and Exceptional Leadership (2005) Awards from the American Association of Suicidology, and the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award (1998) from the Texas Psychological Association, as well as several awards fro his outstanding teaching.  Dr. Rudd conducts national and international continuing education workshops on high-risk patients.  He serves on several editorial boards and is Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology.

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