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Core Competencies, Warning Signs, and a Framework for Suicide Risk Assessment in Clinical Practice

M. David Rudd

in The Oxford Handbook of Suicide and Self-Injury

Published in print June 2014 | ISBN: 9780195388565
Published online July 2014 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195388565.013.0018

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Core Competencies, Warning Signs, and a Framework for Suicide Risk Assessment in Clinical Practice

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Suicide risk assessment is one of the most challenging tasks in day-to-day clinical practice. Bolstered by an emerging empirical foundation, the last two decades have witnessed the emergence of core competencies in suicide risk assessment, along with the recognition of the importance of warning signs in formulating imminent risk. This chapter offers a risk assessment framework guided by identified core competencies. It also integrates multiple domains for assessment, including the risk framework to acknowledge the critical role played by warning signs in differentiating both acute and chronic risk for suicidal individuals. The framework provided is simple, straightforward, and practical, providing detailed questions to guide the assessment process.

Keywords: suicide risk assessment; competencies; warning signs; suicide risk framework; acute and chronic suicide risk

Article.  7107 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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