Suicidality

Suicide & Self-Harm: Helping People at Risk
by Linda Gask
Learn the critical skills necessary for assessing and helping suicidal clients in this excellent video.
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Voices of Suicide: Learning from Those who Lived
by The Glendon Association
Learn from three people that made highly lethal suicide attempts and survived, as they courageously share their stories of self-destructiveness, survival, and recovery. They reveal intimate details of their life histories that contributed to their attempts.
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DBT with Suicidal Clients (2-video set)
When a suicidal client is sitting across from you, how do you assess risk, negotiate no-harm agreements, and manage borderline reactivity while keeping your seat? In these riveting live demonstrations with DBT originator Marsha Linehan, learn essential strategies for working with distressed clients.
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy
by Marsha Linehan
Watch Marsha Linehan, founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), in action in this session with a middle-aged man with a significant personality disorder struggling with suicidal depression and anger after being left by his girlfriend. 

Part of the 3-video series: 3 Approaches to Personality Disorders
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Understanding and Preventing Suicide
by The Glendon Association
A powerful psychoeducation video for public presentations and training events featuring leading experts as well as survivors of serious suicide attempts.


Clinical Interviewing: Intake, Assessment & Therapeutic Alliance
by John Sommers-Flanagan, PhD & Rita Sommers-Flanagan, PhD
How do you do an assessment, collect historical data, develop a treatment plan and create a warm working alliance with clients all in the first session? Learn from experts John and Rita Sommers-Flanagan how to quickly create the foundation for a successful therapy and engage clients collaboratively in the treatment process.
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Skills in Youth Suicide Prevention
by Iris Educational Media
This excellent training tool is a must-see for clinicians and non-clinicians alike who deal with students every day, providing step-by-step strategies and clear instructions to address suicidal behavior in teens.


Coping with the Suicide of a Loved One: An REBT Approach
by Albert Ellis
Learn to use Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) from the man who developed the method in a therapy session with Roseanne, whose husband committed suicide in front of her and her baby daughter ten years ago. 

Part of the 4-video series: REBT In Action.
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Assessment & Psychological Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
by Kay Redfield Jamison
Watch Kay Redfield Jamison, bestselling author of An Unquiet Mind and international expert on bipolar disorder, in this informative and intriguing interview that presents essential information on assessment and treatment of bipolar disorder in psychotherapy.
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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
by Otto Kernberg
Preeminent psychoanalyst Otto Kernberg doesn’t back down in this series of three diagnostic Transference-Focused Psychotherapy (TFP) sessions with a paranoid client struggling with suicidal depression after being left by his girlfriend.

Part of the 3-video series: 3 Approaches to Personality Disorders
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Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Bipolar Disorder
by Timothy Bruce, Arthur Jongsma, Jr.
Ten to twenty percent of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder will commit suicide, and 75% of them will not be properly diagnosed within the first three years of treatment. With stakes this high, it’s essential to understand the complexities of Bipolar Disorder.  Learn how to build effective, evidence-based treatment plans in this indispensable video.

Part of the 12-video series: Evidence-Based Treatment Planning
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CBT for Personality Disorders
by Arthur Freeman
In this final installment of our comprehensive Three Approaches to Personality Disorders video series, watch renowned CBT expert Art Freeman assess cognitive schemas and set concrete therapeutic goals for Alfred, a challenging client who demonstrates significant Axis II issues and suicidal inclinations after being left by his girlfriend.

Part of the 3-video series: 3 Approaches to Personality Disorders
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Managing Depression
by Brad Hagen
What are the most essential skills and techniques for working with severely depressed patients? Find out what to do—and what not to do—in this two-part demonstration of a mental health practitioner interviewing a suicidally depressed hospital patient.

Part of the 5-Video Series: Mental Health in Hospitals and Treatment Centers


Mental Health in Hospitals and Treatment Centers: 5-Video Series
by Brad Hagen
What are the most essential skills and techniques for succeeding with patients in hospitals and treatment centers? Discover the difference between novice unskilled and expert work care for a range of severe conditions in this 5-part video series.
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Dialectical Behavior Therapy Techniques for Emotional Dysregulation
by Shelley McMain and Carmen Wiebe
How can you stay centered while supporting clients through periods of extreme reactivity and self-harm? In this video with Drs. Shelley McMain and Carmen Wiebe, learn to apply key tools from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to work with emotional dysregulation.

Part of the 6-video series: Psychotherapy Essentials to Go
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Lisa Firestone on Psychotherapy with Suicidal Clients
Lisa Firestone shares what every therapist should know about how dissociation and suicidal thought patterns influence suicide and self-harm.
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Weekends At Bellevue: A Memoir
by Julie Holland
A no-holds-barred account from the front lines of the psychiatric emergency room at America's oldest public hospital.
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Heather Clague on Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Working with Society's Most Marginalized Populations
Psychiatrist and psychotherapist Heather Clague offers reflections on the difference between private psychotherapy practice and working in the psychiatric emergency room, how prescribing medication broadens psychotherapy, and the joy and heartache of working with those society is "happy to ignore."
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Encounters with Suicide: A Psychotherapist Remembers Not to Forget
by Catherine Ambrose
A psychotherapist treating a suicidal client struggles with memories--and forgetting--of suicide in her own family.


Paradise Lost: When Clients Commit Suicide
by Marian Joyce*
A psychologist describes the trauma of losing a patient to suicide.
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Psychotherapy with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients
by Karisa Barrow
With attempted suicide rates greater than 40% in the transgender community, it's important for clinicians to be aware of the issues gender nonconforming clients bring to therapy, and to be knowledgeable about how best to support them. Karisa Barrow challenges therapists to deconstruct the gender binary, identify and work through prejudices, and seek guidance from gender specialists to ensure that we "do no harm."
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What Remains: The Aftermath of Patient Suicide
by Margaret Clausen
Psychologist Margaret Clausen shares poignantly about the loss of her client to suicide,  the steps she took to heal her grief, and the isolation and shame that many clinicians needlessly suffer in the wake of client suicide.
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Lynn Ponton on the Challenges and Joys of Working with Teens
Teen expert Lynn Ponton, MD, shares wisdom from over three decades of working with children and adolescents, and describes how technology has changed the life of teenagers and those who work with them.
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If You Kill Yourself, Don’t Make a Mess: Paradoxical Intention with a Suicidal Client
by Dan Williams
In this raw but compelling clinical vignette, therapist Dan Williams uses paradoxical intention in an all-out effort to save his client from committing suicide.
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