Author(s): Cheryl A. King
Meeting a vital need, this book helps clinicians rapidly identify risks for suicidal behavior and manage an at-risk teen's ongoing care. It provides clear guidelines for conducting suicide risk screenings and comprehensive risk assessments and implementing immediate safety-focused interventions, as well as longer-term treatment plans. Designed for day-to-day use in private practice, schools, or other settings, the volume is grounded in a strong evidence base. It features quick-reference clinical pointers, sample dialogues with teens and parents, and reproducible assessment and documentation tools. Purchasers get access to a Web page featuring most of the reproducible materials, ready to download and print in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size.
"An extremely readable book that offers detailed, practical advice. Designed for the practitioner, this book's recommendations are evidence based and are the culmination of many years of clinical experience. King has distinguished herself in the area of applied clinical research in adolescent suicidal behavior; the book reflects her and her coauthors' dedication to this field. Noteworthy features include key clinical points, sample dialogues, and reproducible assessment sheets that will ensure easy uptake of the most practical and important information. Another highlight is the clear description of how to implement a thorough safety plan. The authors spell out how their principles and practices can be applied in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, primary care, and the schools." - Anthony Spirito, PhD, ABPP, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island, USA "This concise and well-organized volume provides very useful information in an easy-to-read, easy-to-access format. The authors emphasize the importance of paying attention to culture and present clinical approaches based on the best available research. Recognizing that many of us care for adolescents in settings where resources are extremely limited, they suggest practical ways professionals can make a critical difference in a young person's life while taking steps to manage their own liability. The book also offers innovative ideas to ensure that suicidal youths become partners in their own care. This book is a terrific asset for clinicians." - David A. Litts, OD, national suicide prevention leader, USA
Cheryl A. King, PhD, ABPP, is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Michigan, where she serves as Director of the Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Research Program and the Institute for Human Adjustment. She is board certified as a clinical child and adolescent psychologist. Dr. King is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Past President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and the American Association of Suicidology. A longtime clinical educator and public policy advocate, Dr. King has published widely on topics related to youth suicide prevention, including research that has informed best practices in suicide risk recognition, assessment, and intervention.
Cynthia Ewell Foster, PhD, is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan and Director of the University Center for the Child and the Family. Dr. Ewell Foster has significant training and experience in providing evidence-based interventions for youth struggling with depression and suicide risk. She serves as a clinical educator for new mental health professionals in psychiatry, psychology, and social work. Her research interests involve community and school-based interventions for youth at risk for depression and suicide. She is currently the Evaluation Consultant to the State of Michigan's Garrett Lee Smith youth suicide prevention grant.
Kelly M. Rogalski, MD, is a pediatric psychiatrist and Medical Director of Outpatient Pediatric Psychiatry at Henry Ford Health System in Southeastern Michigan. Dr. Rogalski serves as both a leader and clinician at Henry Ford Health System, and has interests in quality improvement work in behavioral health. She also serves as Voluntary Faculty at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, where she is involved in teaching medical students, residents, and nurse practitioner students.
Introduction. A Look at Overall Risk and Protective Factors. Screening: How We Recognize Elevated Risk. Suicide Risk Assessment and Risk Formulation. Intervention Planning and Care Management. Partnering with Parents and Schools. Legal Issues. Appendix A. Risk Factor Checklist for Teen Suicidal Behavior and Suicide. Appendix B. Tracking Form for School-Based Screening. Appendix C. Suicide Prevention Resources for Schools (Guidelines and Education/Awareness Programs). Appendix D. Questions to Ask about Current Suicidal Thoughts. Appendix E. Teen Suicide Risk Assessment Worksheet. Appendix F. Documentation of Teen Suicide Risk Assessment. Appendix G. SAFE-T Card. Appendix H. Safety Plan Form. Appendix I. Suicide Warning Signs for Parents. Appendix J. Tips for Communicating with Teens. Appendix K. Useful Websites. Appendix L. Evidence-Based Youth Suicide Interventions. Appendix M. Sample Letter to Formally Request School Services.