Chapter

Benefits of Treatment: What Works

Larry E. Beutler, John F. Clarkin and Bruce Bongar

in Guidelines for the Systematic Treatment of the Depressed Patient

Published in print February 2000 | ISBN: 9780195105308
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848522 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195105308.003.0011

Series: Guidebooks in Clinical Psychology

Benefits of Treatment:                             What Works

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Various guidelines of practice exist for working with those who are at risk for suicide. However, compared to the research that underlies other treatment decisions, the body of research from which suicide guidelines are derived is less cohesive and is subject to greater misinterpretation. This chapter addresses the questions of whether treatments are specific to the experience of depression and whether they work. An affirmative answer to these questions is necessary as foundation knowledge if one is to fully implement the treatment guidelines recommended. This foundation knowledge includes the status of empirically derived standards for treating patients who are judged to be at risk for self-harm. One must know what treatments have predictable effects before one can begin to adapt and blend these treatments to fit the needs of different patients.

Keywords: guidelines; risk; suicide; treatment; self-harm; standards; depression; patients

Chapter.  10234 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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