Treating Suicidal Behavior

Treating Suicidal Behavior

An Effective, Time-Limited Approach

By M. David Rudd, PhD; M. Hasan Rajab; Thomas E. Joiner

Guilford Publications, Paperback, 9781593851002, 274pp.

Publication Date: July 26, 2004

This manual provides an empirically supported approach to treating suicidality that is specifically tailored to today's managed care environment. Structured yet flexible, the model is fully compatible with current best practice standards. The authors establish the empirical and theoretical foundations for time-limited treatment and describe the specific tasks involved in assessment and intervention. The book then details effective ways to conduct a rapid case conceptualization and outpatient risk assessment, determine and implement individualized treatment targets, and monitor treatment outcomes. Outlined are clear-cut intervention techniques that focus on symptom management, restructuring the patient's suicidal belief system, and building such key skills as interpersonal assertiveness, distress tolerance, and problem solving. Other topics covered include the role of the therapeutic relationship, applications to group work and longer-term therapy, the use of medications, patient selection, and termination of treatment. Illustrated with helpful clinical examples, the book features numerous table, figures, and sample handouts and forms, some of which may be reproduced for professional use.

About the Author
M. David Rudd is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Texas Tech University, with an adjunct appointment as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. He also maintains a part-time private practice in clinical psychology. He completed his doctoral training at the University of Texas-Austin and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute under the direction of Aaron T. Beck.

Rudd is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Division 12 and Division 29), the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (a founding fellow). He was recently elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Scholar of the National Academies of Practice in Psychology.

He was awarded the first-ever American Association of Suicidology Exceptional Leadership Award in 2005. In 2007, he received the Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy at the 2007 American Psychological Association Convention in San Francisco.