VII has a lot of potential to play a vital role in educating others
in the importance of understanding how to effectively manage crises
and behavioral emergencies. I propose more attempts at collaboration
by members in order to achieve this goal, with the end result being
an increased number of available resources.
could work together to create a series of lists that will address
the issues inherent in dealing with behavioral emergencies.
These could include:
1. A reference
guide of ongoing research in the area of suicide and violence,
focusing on studies which explore the development of assessment
techniques in both areas. It would be wonderful to see the
section develop a battery of such assessment techniques for both
suicide and violence;
A list of therapeutic techniques which have been found useful
in dealing with patients who are potentially violent or suicide-
prone. A brief paragraph about what was done & how
successful such interventions have been would be included in
such a list.
a list could be created identifying the most prominent intrapersonal
characteristics related to suicide violence, possibly as an extension
to the brochure I created last year. For example, with regards
to suicide, such a list might include hopelessness, anger, constricted
thinking, etc. Contributions could be sent to our newsletter
editor and listed for others to view and provide comments. This
could be a valuable resource in helping all of us be more aware
of what to assess and how to treat these difficult problems.
would be glad to be part of a committee to begin putting these
ideas into motion, creating a Section VII Directory of Information
for our members. It could also be used as a marketing tool
to gain new members. Such an effort would facilitate interaction
of our Section membership, and stimulate broader collaborative