Year: 2022 Source: Social Work in Mental Health. (2022). Published online 15 April 2022. DOI: 10.1080/15332985.2022.2050878 SIEC No: 20220344

A gap between psychotherapy research and practice exists, and many social workers may not be informed about evidence-based techniques used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for suicide prevention. Therefore, the purpose of this brief article is to introduce social workers to CBT targeting suicide risk in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Three clinical techniques incorporated into CBT for suicide are introduced: hope building, social support, and lethal means counseling. Practical tips, resources, and recommendations are offered to empower social workers to integrate these clinical tools into their current practice when working with clients at risk for suicide.