The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide: Guidance for Working With Suicidal Clients

Pages: 246
Item #: 4317175
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0426-7
List Price: $49.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $39.95
Copyright: 2009
Format: Hardcover
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Why do people die by suicide? Dr. Thomas Joiner and his colleagues attempt to answer this age-old question by exploring two obvious yet insightful assumptions:

  • People die by suicide because they can—that is, they become desensitized to pain and habituated toward violence.
  • People die by suicide because they want to—they typically have no sense of belonging to a valued group or relationship, and they feel that they have become a burden to loved ones.

This book offers a new theoretical framework for diagnosis and risk-assessment of a patient's entry into the dark and obscure mental world of suicidality, and for the creation of preventive and public-health campaigns aimed at the disorder. More important, though, the book provides new, effective clinical guidelines for crisis intervention and for therapeutic alliances in psychotherapy and suicide prevention.

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