ERIC Number: EJ803752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
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A Cognitive Therapy Intervention for Suicide Attempters: An Overview of the Treatment and Case Examples
Berk, Michele S.; Henriques, Gregg R.; Warman, Debbie M.; Brown, Gregory K.; Beck, Aaron T.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v11 n3 p265-277 2004
Although suicidal behavior is a serious public health problem, few effective treatments exist to treat this population. This article describes a new cognitive therapy intervention that has been developed for treating recent suicide attempters. The intervention is based on general principles of cognitive therapy and targets the automatic thoughts and core beliefs that were activated just prior to the individual's suicide attempt. Specific cognitive and behavioral techniques are taught to the patient with the goal of decreasing suicidal thoughts and preventing future suicide attempts. The treatment is unique in targeting suicidal behavior as the primary problem, apart from psychiatric diagnosis. Three detailed case examples are provided that illustrate the use of the treatment with different types of patients.
Descriptors: Intervention, Suicide, Cognitive Restructuring, Patients, Therapy, Literary Criticism, Schemata (Cognition), Behavior Modification, Counseling Techniques, Case Studies, Counseling Effectiveness, Public Health
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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