Scholarly Saturday: Building a Therapeutic Alliance..

Scholarly Saturday – Building a Therapeutic Alliance with Suicidal Patients

This weeks Scholarly feature was handed to me by this fellow blogger. Suicide intervention is in important topic and this looks like a really good framework. The book and interview with the author are available at


Building a Therapeutic Alliance with the Suicidal Patient. Eds: Konrad Michel and David Jobes

This book is a work of genius among the top suicidologists in the U.S. and Europe. The editors actually want to help suicidal people get better and try to make their life worth living. Like most of Drs. David Jobes and Konrad Michal work, they have done an excellent review of the literature and made the book easy to read without a lot of psychological jargon.  This book should be used as a handbook for anyone dealing with suicidal individuals.  As someone who has been through many suicidal episodes with many different therapists, this book is groundbreaking.  It lists his classic work of CAMS (collaborating and managing suicidality) which is a tried and true way of dealing with lethal suicidality in an outpatient setting. The other evidence based therapists will enhance therapy around this work.


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