Suicide risk assessment: What psychologists should know

Recent increases in death by suicide in the United States have led to national calls for improvements in how suicide risk screening and assessments are conducted. As health care providers and leaders in mental health practice, psychologists should be immersed in cutting edge education and training in suicide assessment. In this article, we describe the […]

Training the next generation of school psychologists to deliver evidence-based mental health practices: Current challenges and future directions

School psychologists are uniquely positioned to support the delivery of evidence-based mental health practices (EBMHPs) to address the overwhelming mental health needs of children and youth. Graduate training programs can promote EBMHPs in schools by ensuring school psychologists enter the workplace prepared to deliver and support high-quality, effective services. Despite the remarkable growth of effective […]

Psychologists’ willingness to provide services to individuals at risk of suicide

Objective This study examined psychologists’ willingness to accept a new client into their private practice as a function of the client’s clinical presentation (with or without overt suicidality). Psychologists’ openness to working with a client at risk of suicide was evaluated in the context of potential barriers to treatment provision, such as practitioners’ endorsement of […]

Psychologist suicide: Incidence, impact, and suggestions for prevention, intervention, and postvention.

Psychologist practitioners are not immune to certain mental health problems, including suicidality, for which they provide services. In the aftermath of two recent psychologist suicides, the American Psychological Association’s Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance (ACCA) initiated the formation of a conjoint ad hoc committee consisting of members from ACCA, the American Psychological Association (APA) Practice […]

Practitioners’ experiences of adolescent suicidal behaviour in peer groups.

Introduction Group suicidal behaviour by young people can have harmful effects; it may be increasing, influenced by online media and reported increasing self‐harm rates; new knowledge and understanding to inform interventions is required. Aim To explore how practitioners experience group suicidal behaviour amongst adolescents, how they assess risks/needs, and how these insights inform understanding about […]

Helping the suicidal person: Tips and techniques for professionals.

Helping the Suicidal Person provides a highly practical toolbox for mental health professionals. The book first covers the need for professionals to examine their own personal experiences and fears around suicide, moves into essential areas of risk assessment, safety planning, and treatment planning, and then provides a rich assortment of tips for reducing the person’s […]

Guidelines to assist clinical staff after the suicide of a patient.

Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist Prof. Onja T. Grad offers guidelines to assist clinical staff after the suicide of a patient. See Requirements and Objectives of Help Measures or Key Recommendations. Contact us for a copy of this article, or view online at

Summary of don’t forget about me: The experiences of therapists-in-training after a client has attempted or died by suicide (IN: Therapeutic and legal issues for therapists who have survived a client suicide: Breaking the silence, edited by K M Weine

The death of a patient is every therapistÕs worst nightmare. Even more frightening is the debilitating silence that surrounds a therapist after the death of a client. What do you do? How do you proceed with your personal and professional life? Until now, advice on surviving a patientÕs suicide has been scarce. This book examines […]

The suicide(SPI)and violence(VPI)from the personlaity assessment inventory: A preliminary exploration of validity in an outpatient psychiatric sample.

Assessing risk of harm to self and others is an important component of psychological assessment, although methods for risk assessment vary considerably. The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) is frequently administered to evaluate general psychological functioning, as well as to provide information about suicide and violence risk. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the […]

How do the young suicide survivors wish to be met by psychologists? A user study.


Is suicide training sufficient for psychology trainees to respond appropriately to suicidal clients?

This study reports the frequency of suicide training for current psychology trainees. Additionally,the research uses the Suicide Intervention Response Inventory – Second Edition (SIRI-2) to assess psychology trainees’ ability to respond appropriately to suicidal clients. This study compares scores on the SIRI-2 between participants who are in pre-internship years of training and those currently in […]

Youth Suicidal Behavior: an Introduction and Overview

This introductory article to a special issue of this journal provides an overview of youth suicidal behaviour, including research-based information on demographic data; risk factors & warning signs; & where, when, & how youth suicidal behaviour typically occurs. Commons myths & current controversies about youth suicide are also discussed, as are the implications of youth […]

Putting it all Together: Implications for School Psychology

In this commentary, the author discusses ways in which the articles in this special issue of “School Psychology Review” contribute to the understanding of school-based suicide prevention & the ethical-legal issues associated with such efforts. (20 refs.)

Suicide and the Air Force Mental Health Provider: Frequency and Impact

The authors reviewed data from 97 active duty Air Force mental health providers who responded to an anonymous survey. 48% of the providers had experienced a patient’s suicide. One-third of them reported a sense of responsibility for that patient’s death. More than 20% reported significant emotional or behavioural changes following the death. Many providers experienced […]

Did you Know That… Psychology Works for Suicide Risk

This public information pamphlet discusses risk factors for suicide & how psychology can help in intervention, prevention, & postvention.

Psychotherapists as Patient Suicide Survivors: a Review of the Literature on Psychiatrists and Psychologists, Including Those in Training

This paper reviews the literature on the frequency, impact, & recovery of psychotherapists who are suicide survivors. Comparisons are drawn between psychiatrists & psychologists. Findings indicate psychiatrists are more than twice as likely as psychologists to experience a patient suicide. Both psychiatrists & psychologists indicated the recovery process was aided by peer counsultation & training […]

Psychologists-in-Training as Patient Suicide Survivors: a Preliminary Report


The Stress of Patient Suicide During Training: Preliminary Findings


Effects of Three Types of Potentially Biasing Information on Symptom Severity Judgments for Major Depressive Episode

2 experiments examined the effects of potentially biasing information on judgments of symptom severity pertaining to the diagnosis of major depressive episode. In both experiments, psychologists viewed videotapes of two actor-simulated patients responding to questions from a standardized diagnostic interview. In Study 1, an expectancy effect was found for both patients such that prior information […]

Effects of Training on Suicide Risk Assessment

45 psychiatry & psychology trainees participated in a workshop on evidence-based risk assessment. A comparison group of 10 psychiatry trainees participated in a different workshop on the application of evidence-based medicine to psychiatry that was not focused specifically on risk assessment. Before & after each workshop, participants rated their skills in assessing patients’ risk of […]

Dialoguing With Suicide: the Therapist’s Personal Experience of a Client’s Completed Suicide


Suicide: the Effect on the Counselling Psychologist

The average professional psychologist in their career has a greater than 20 per cent chance of losing their patient to suicide (Bersoff, 1999). However, while training courses and books cover the risk of suicide, very little has been written on a counselling psychologists reactions and coping styles when it actually happens. This paper describes my […]

A Model-based Analysis of Professional Practices in Suicide Prevention