Title Suicide Prevention
Subtitle An Ethically and Scientifically Informed Approach
Author Samuel J. Knapp
ISBN 9781433830808
List price USD 59.99
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 256
Book size 184 X 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher American Psychological Association (Eurospan Group)
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“Knapp shares his expertise as a therapist and ethicist, demonstrating compassion and respect for patients suffering from suicidality, their loved ones, and their often highly stressed therapists. This comprehensive yet concise guide covers assessment, acute and ongoing interventions, ethical principles, and the importance of the therapeutic relationship.”

Cory F. Newman, PhD, Director, Center for Cognitive Therapy, and Professor of Psychology, in  Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


In this valuable book, Knapp integrates recent suicide research with personal experiences and practical vigne_ es. He emphasizes a caring attitude based on overarching ethical principles and identifies competencies to work with suicidal patients.”

Linda K. Knauss, PhD, ABPP, Professor, Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, Widener University, Chester, PA


“Therapists who treat suicidal clients know just how challenging and stressful the work can be. Knapp provides practical guidance that is informed by research and presented in an easy-to-follow format. An essential resource for practitioners at all levels of experience.”

Randy Fingerhut, PhD, Professor of Psychology, La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA


This book offers essential information about assessing, managing, and providing mental health treatment for suicidal adult outpatients.

Suicide is a heartbreaking phenomenon that is the result of innumerable factors embedded in the personal histories and experiences of each patient. Yet despite this complexity, research has uncovered commonalities that can enable mental health practitioners to successfully treat suicidal patients.

In this book, author Sam Knapp guides readers through the full process of treating suicidal patients, from screening to relapse prevention, using effective, research-informed interventions. He explains suicidal behavior through ideation-to-action theories of suicide, and argues for the application of principle-based ethics when making treatment decisions.

He emphasizes the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship, and respecting patient autonomy as much as possible in such circumstances.

Throughout, he makes current research on suicide accessible and useful to practicing mental health providers, connecting it with practical approaches and case examples informed by the author’s extensive clinical experience.




Chapter 1. Facts, Theories, and Perspectives on Suicide • The Public Health Importance of Suicide • Psychotherapists and Suicide • Ideation-to-Action Theories of Suicide • Values That Guide Professional Behavior

Chapter 2. Screening and Assessment • Defining Screening and Assessment • The Relationship in the Screening and Assessment Process • Screening for Suicide • Assessment Step 1: Asking About Suicide • Assessment Step 2: Identifying Warning Signs • Assessment Step 3: The Topics and Themes Approach • Assessment Step 4 (Optional): Brief Symptom Inventories

Chapter 3. Interventions Part One: Including Managing Suicide Risk • Levels of Service • Overview of Effective Interventions for Suicidal Patients • Patient Empowerment (Informed Consent) • The Psychotherapeutic Relationship • The Three Ms of Managing Suicide Risk • Other Options for Managing Suicide Risk

Chapter 4. Interventions Part Two: Suicide-Informed Psychotherapy • Suicide-Related Topics That Arise in Psychotherapy • Addressing Suicide-Related Themes • Religion and Values • Relapse Prevention

Chapter 5. Professional Liability, Quality Enhancement, and Emotional Competence • Professional Liability • Effective and False Risk-Management Strategies • Ensuring Emotional Competence


Appendix A. Patient Self-Report Sheet

Appendix B. Content Areas to Be Covered for Initial Interview and Additional Topics Relevant to Assessing Suicidal Patients


About the Author

About the Author:

Samuel J. Knapp, EdD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania, where he worked in community mental health centers in two rural counties delivering psychotherapy and crisis intervention services. Currently he is the director of professional affairs of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

He has written or edited 16 books; almost 100 peer-reviewed articles; and almost 500 professional presentations on ethics, suicide prevention, and other issues.

He holds a diplomate in counseling psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology, and he is a fellow of APA Division 31 (State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs).

Target Audience:

This book is intended for professional psychologists and other psychotherapists who deals with adult outpatients with suicidal behavior.


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