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ERIC Number: EJ1123964
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8225
Treating Suicidality in College Counseling Centers: A Response to Polychronis
Pistorello, Jacqueline; Coyle, Trevor N.; Locey, Nadia Samad; Walloch, Joseph C.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v31 n1 p30-42 2017
The article entitled "Changes Across Three Editions of The Suicidal Patient: Clinical and Legal Standards of Care: Relevance to Counseling Centers" by Paul Polychronis (EJ1123965) provides an informative summary of the evolution of Bongar & Sullivan's (2013) book The Suicidal Patient: Clinical and Legal Standards of Care across editions and how it is relevant to college counseling centers (CCCs). The current response is not as much about Bongar and Sullivan's book but about the various conclusions about the applicability of certain practices in dealing with suicidality among students presenting to treatment at CCCs. In this commentary, the authors make the following points: (1) Suicidality is a frequent and significant concern among college students, and therefore CCCs and higher education institutions in general must find a way of coping with this reality; (2) Treatment, in whatever form, must be about helping the suicidal student first and protecting oneself or the institution from liability second, in a collaborative process between student and counsellor; (3) There is some evidence that certain (sometimes "defensive") practices, such as hospitalization, may be inert or even potentially harmful; and (4) There are empirically validated approaches to treat suicidality in college students specifically and CCCs might do well to follow the data--wherever it leads. [This is a commentary on the article by Paul D. Polychronis, "Changes Across Three Editions of 'The Suicidal Patient: Clinical and Legal Standards of Care': Relevance to Counseling Centers," published in this issue of the "Journal of College Student Psychotherapy."]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R34MH104714