Year: 1979 Source: Littleton, MA: PSG Pub., 1979. p.363-372 SIEC No: 19900004

This chapter attempts to define & delimit the psychotherapeutic strategies for dealing with suicidal patients. The therapist working with a patient persistently verbalizing suicidal ideation must define for himself, & for his patient, strategic psychodynamic issues & set appropriate limits. The questions of availability, accessibility, the use of the telephone, countertransference problems, & the contract are raised in the context of helping the patient. (CM)