Year: 2023 Source: Clinical Case Studies. (2022). 0(0), 1–16. DOI: 10.1177/15346501221139916 SIEC No: 20231595
Suicide risk is markedly higher for clients at clinical high risk for psychosis (CHR-p) compared to the general population. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) has a strong evidence base supporting its utility for managing suicide risk. Meanwhile, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) has been shown to effectively treat individuals with psychosis symptoms, as well as comorbid anxiety and mood disorders in CHR-p clients. Despite the robust evidence for each of these modalities in addressing concerns around suicidality and psychosis risk independently, there is a paucity of literature on how to support clients experiencing co-occurring suicide and psychosis risk. Such overlapping risk is often central to presenting concerns in CHR-p clients. Our manuscript presents a case example of an integrated DBT-ACT approach to managing risk surrounding both suicide and psychosis symptoms in an outpatient setting. We highlight how an integrated approach may help outpatient providers to implement and modify effective treatment that promotes continued outpatient care focused on goals beyond immediate risk management of both suicide and emerging psychosis. We provide specific examples of DBT techniques and ACT interventions used by a supervised doctoral-level student clinician in treatment with a CHR-p client and discuss implications for future clinical research.