Dec. 2009: Minimizing the Risk of Patient Violence in the Workplace (PDF Brochure)

Nov. 2009: Diversity & Suicidal Behavior (PDF Factsheet)

Sept. 2009: Management of Mental Health Emergencies (PDF Brochure)

Sept. 2009: Understanding When Your Child May Be Suicidal & How to Help (PDF Helpsheet)


Spring 2013

Previous newsletters (in either HTML or PDF format):

Winter 2012 , Summer 2012 , Spring/Summer 2011 , Fall 2010/Winter 2011 , Spring/Summer 2010 , Spring/Summer 2008 , Fall/Winter 2007/2008 , Fall/Winter 2006/2007 , Fall/Winter 2005/2006 , Fall/Winter 2004 , Spring/Summer 2004 , Spring 2003 , Fall 2002 , Spring 2002 , Fall 2001 , Spring 2001 , Spring 2000

The Facts about Diversity and Behavioral Emergencies
Factsheet: The Perpetration of and Victimization by Violence in Ethnic Minorities - Issues, Findings, and Considerations (Word Doc)

Internships with training in Behavioral Emergencies (must use Internet Explorer to view this database)

The latest report from the Task Force on Education and Training in Behavioral Emergencies has been released. View the Report on Education and Training in Behavioral Emergencies.

Section VII: Statement Of Purpose

Section VII represents practitioners and researchers interested in the clinical, scientific, and professional aspects of behavioral emergencies (i.e., situations in which a clinician has reason to believe that a patient or client is at risk of intentionally inflicting serious harm or death to self or others).

The purposes of the Section are:

  1. To develop and improve the clinical assessment, treatment, and management of behavioral emergencies, and promote the scientific understanding of such emergencies through research on suicide, violence, and vulnerability to victimization by violence. To advocate for state-of-the-art graduate education and professional training in the clinical abilities and scientific knowledge psychologists require to evaluate and treat behavioral emergencies.
  2. To further the understanding of the professional, forensic, and ethical issues involved in emergencies, as well as the clinical abilities needed to evaluate and manage them.


Activities of Section VII  

The Section provides a forum for the development and exchange of scientific information and research about clinical emergencies as well as about the underlying psychological contexts from which emergencies develop. The Section also seeks to understand the impact of crisis-oriented clinical work on the clinician and to assist clinicians in handling the often-intense psychological impact of emergency situations.

The Section exchanges clinical, professional, and scientific ideas, experiences, and information by newsletter and listserver, presents a program at APA meetings, advocates through Task Forces and Committees within APA Governance entities, and collaborates with organizations outside of APA that have similar missions.


©2001 APA Division 12 Section VII