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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mental Health Presses (April 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615455646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615455648
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Shea's approach to suicide risk assessment is at once elegant in its simplicity and comprehensive in its scope and depth." (Preventing Suicide, 3/1/2004)

"This book is, to date, one of the most helpful and well-written works about the in-depth evaluation of suicidal patients." (The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Volume 191, Number 10, October 2003)



". . . remarkably concise and valuable body of information for clinicians at any level in any specialty." --Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction Professionals

"This outstanding book is informative, interesting, and clinically useful. . . . It will be meaningful and helpful to experienced practitioners, residents, other mental health clinicians, and students." --American Journal of Psychiatry

"In this highly readable, engaging volume, Dr. Shea makes the process of discovering suicidality come alive. Even if you are not directly involved in suicide risk assessment, this is a very worthwhile read. If you are directly involved, this is a must read." --School Psychology Resources Online

". . . a concise, carefully conceptualized, well-written book . . . highly recommended for all psychiatric residents and all other mental health students. Their teachers, as well, will profit greatly by reading it." --Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

About the Author

About the Author: Shawn Christopher Shea, M.D. is an internationally acclaimed workshop leader and educational innovator in the fields of suicide prevention, building resiliency, clinical interviewing, and improving medication adherence having given over 850 presentations worldwide. He is the author of six books and numerous articles including one of the classic texts in the field of suicide prevention, "The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment". His book on creating resiliency in difficult times - "Happiness Is." - was chosen as a Brodart Library Gem, a Bowker's title to Watch, and as the Philosophy Book of the Month by the Radical Academy. His works have been translated into a variety of languages including French, Greek, Japanese, and Chinese. Both editions of his book, "Psychiatric Interviewing: the Art of Understanding", have been chosen by the Medical Library Association for the Brandon/Hill List as one of the most important books in the field of psychiatry. His text "Improving Medication Adherence: How to Talk with Patients About Their Medications" was chosen for Doody’s “Core Titles List” of important books in the fields of medicine and nursing. Dr. Shea is the Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (TISA) at www.suicideassessment.com, a training and consultation service providing workshops, consultations, and quality assurance design in mental health assessments. He is also in private practice.

More About the Author

Dr. Shea, an Elsevier Author, is the Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Dartmouth Medical School. An internationally acclaimed workshop leader, motivational speaker, and innovator, he has made over 850 presentations worldwide. Dr. Shea is the creator of the highly acclaimed Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (the CASE Approach) and many other techniques that have been adopted around the world.

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It is well written and easy to read, with a lot of good advice.
Lloyd
Although I've only read about half of it, I think I've learned a lot, and am looking forward to reading it to the end.
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This was an excellent guide to suicide assessment and I highly recommend this book to any mental health professional.
R. Khan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Monica J. Indart, Psy.D on June 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Shawn Shea's The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals and Substance Abuse Counselors is one of the most valuable professional texts I have read in the past decade. The book combines scholarship, practical guidelines and a literary quality that renders it a truly exceptional book in the field. I found the case examples used to illustrate clinical problems invaluable; these vignettes bring the theoretical material "alive" in a way that encourages clinicians from various disciplines and theoretical orientations to meaningfully incorporate the concepts. Shea elucidates such critical issues as risk factors and risk predictors in such a way as to make constructs that are often reifed once again meaningful. As part of my professional responsibilities, I am responsible for training/teaching mental health emergency clinicians aspects of clinical interviewing and suicide assessment. I have incorporated many of the principles in this book into these trainings. The CASE approach to suicidal assessment is perhaps the best approach to this complex task that I have found. The discussion on "contracting for safety/no suicide contracts" is relevant, congruent with current ethical and legal principles, and reflects the difficult reality of working with suicidal patients. I regularly recommend both this book and Shea's book on psychiatric interviewing to participants in the workshops.
In summary, I highly recommend this text for clinicians from all disciplines and at all phases of professional development. It is a rich text, full of clinical wisdom and scholarship, that both the novice and the seasoned clinician will find themselves reaching for repeatedly. Perhaps the best assessment of the book is the fact that I've tried to keep it on my bookshelf, but it keeps getting borrowed by my colleagues. I've resolved the problem by keeping a separate copy at home. THAT constitutes a valuable book!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By L. Sidhu on December 10, 2001
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There are many books on suicidology and even on clinical interviewing, but none combine the two topics in such an effective and practical manner.
Dr. Shea's book, the second edition to his previous edition, is an excellent tool for any practicing clinician or student. He provides a method of assessment that is quick and efficient without being superficial.
Working in a federal penitentiary, suicide assessments are an important part of my work. I rely on Dr. Shea's assessment techniques on a regular basis because they allow for quick, triage assessments.
I can't recommend a book more highly!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KD on November 11, 2007
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Dr. Shea shares great insights into the interview process for suicidal patients. Too often there is a reliance on demographic or symptomatic factors to determine suicidal risk. Dr. Shea convincingly brings us back to the realization that suicide is an individual choice and the risk of suicide can only be estimated by understanding the individual's thought processes regarding suicide. Theorectically sound and practical book.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd on April 6, 2004
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I'm currently in school for addiction counseling and felt this book would be good to read. It is well written and easy to read, with a lot of good advice. As a counselor in preparation I know I will be having sessions with people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, & while I know this doesn't qualify a person to do suicide assessments it certainly gives a good method for drawing out as much information as possible. It makes me feel a little more comfortable about the job I am going to be doing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By skeptic44 on January 7, 2008
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This book is very useful for mental health professionals. Even if you're not doing sucide assessment, per se, it's good to know what questions to ask, and how to ask them, of ALL clients!

The book is very well organized and well written. Although I've only read about half of it, I think I've learned a lot, and am looking forward to reading it to the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Trihoulis on December 27, 2013
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Breaks suicide risk assessment down to its most useful parts. I assess people for suicide risk everyday and learned many new interview techniques and pearls from Dr. Shea. High yield and highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Otis on September 6, 2011
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Love this book and have been extremely happy to find this collection in your inventory. Especially at this price. I've found it in many bookstore for considerable more money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Khan on March 4, 2007
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This was an excellent guide to suicide assessment and I highly recommend this book to any mental health professional. Beyond that I think this book is valuable for any clinicial who may one day have to talk to somebody about suicide. Well written and organized.
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