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Maybe you don’t think about this every day, but sooner or later all of us have to face a crisis intervention.

John Sommers-Flanagan

The following information is excerpted from the soon-to-be-forthcoming 5th edition of Clinical Interviewing, published by John Wiley & Sons. This includes information that I didn’t get a chance to cover during my ACA pre-conference Learning Institute yesterday. For information on the Clinical Interviewing text, see:  http://www.amazon.com/Clinical-Interviewing-John-Sommers-Flanagan/dp/1118270045/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

Safety Planning

The primary thought disorder in suicide is that of a pathological narrowing of the mind’s focus, called constriction, which takes the form of seeing only two choices; either something painfully unsatisfactory or cessation of life. (Shneidman, 1984, pp. 320–321)

Helping clients develop a thoughtful and practical plan for coping with and reducing psychological pain is a central component in suicide interventions. This plan can include relaxation, mindfulness, traditional meditation practices, cognitive restructuring, social outreach, and other strategies that increase self-soothing, decrease social isolation, and decrease the sense of being a social burden (Joiner, 2005).

Instead of the traditional approach of implementing no-suicide…

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About Samantha DeLint-Neely

Hi! I am the author of LCDC Exam Review, and online study guide for the Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification exam. Check out my blog and Youtube channel, where you can find short lessons to help you prepare for the LCDC, CAD, CADC, CSAC, ADC exams. Learn more about me by visiting my LinkedIn profile. I successfully passed the IC&RC ADC exam in May 2013, on my first attempt!

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