Cognitive Therapy for Suicidal Patients: Scientific and Clinical Applications

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Suicide is one of the most daunting challenges that clinicians encounter in their practice. Unfortunately, compared with other mental health issues, there is a paucity of research designed to conceptualize and treat it. This may be why relatively few interventions have been developed specifically to prevent suicide. At the same time, the degree to which interventions with established efficacy apply to suicidal patients is unclear, because these patients are often excluded from clinical trials.
Learning Objectives
  1. Describe the classification system surrounding suicide and suicidal behavior.
  2. Identify the correlates and risk factors for suicide.
  3. Describe interventions for reducing suicidal behavior that have been evaluated to date.
  4. Apply cognitive therapy to suicidal adult patients.
  5. Apply cognitive therapy to special populations of suicidal patients (adolescents, older adults, drug dependent individuals).
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