Assessing and treating suicidal clients is one of the most anxiety-producing professional challenges faced by mental health providers. Doing so conjures up fears about competence, risk management, and the time demands that come with working with suicidal clients. While there is a wealth of literature to guide mental health professionals in this area, it can be difficult to find a resource that covers theory, assessment, and treatment in a concise form. Recently, I discovered a resource that should be a part of every mental health provider’s library: The Assessment and Management of Suicidality, by M. David Rudd. Dr. Rudd is a renowned scholar in the area of suicidality and is a prolific researcher and author. However, his straightforward and simply written pocket resource for this challenging work may be one of his greatest contributions.
Deployment Psychology Blog
It's Friday, which means it's time for another edition of CDP News. First up, we just recently finalized the next session for our week-long "Addressing the Psychological Needs of Warriors and Their Families." It will be held December 3-7 in Blacksburg, VA. Registration will be opening soon. Keep checking our Training page or our Facebook page where we'll be announcing it as soon as registration opens for this event.
As I work with clinicians who are trained in evidence-based treatments for PTSD, one query is raised repeatedly…Should I use Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE) to treat patient X?
PTSD is one of the signature disorders of the OIF/OEF conflict. PTSD is characterized by symptoms of re-experiencing, avoidance/numbing and hyperarousal. As many as 20% of the US service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001 may have PTSD (www.iom.edu/militaryptsd). We may safely assume that a significant number of veterans from the current conflict and other eras will need effective treatment to alleviate PTSD symptoms. Let’s review…