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Hope in Action Solution-Focused Conversations about Suicide

ISBN-10: 0789033941
ISBN-13: 9780789033949
Edition: 2008
Authors: Heather Fiske
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Book details

List price: $64.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 5/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Few tasks are more important - and daunting - than to help someone who is suicidal to go beyond the darkness of hopelessness to the light of hope. Hope in Action: Solution-Focused Conversations about Suicide is a unique resource, providing fresh approaches to treating individuals and families where suicide is an issue. This comprehensive book provides a thorough grounding in using a solution-focused therapy approach to elicit and reinforce hope and reasons for living. Strategies are demonstrated with stories, case vignettes, and transcripts. Special applications include some of the most challenging high-risk clients that therapists treat, including people who make repeated attempts. Offering a set of practice principles based on the existing empirical evidence in the context of clinical utility and client expertise, this is a powerful and valuable resource for counselors and therapists at every experience level. Book jacket.

Foreword
Preface: Stories of Hope and Healing
Acknowledgments
Introduction: How to Use This Book
Foundations
What Works? Building on What We Know to Develop Practice Principles
Utilize What the Client Brings
Focus on Reasons for Living
Make Every Encounter Therapeutic
Contain Crisis
Help the Client Set Constructive Goals
Tap into Hope
Be Mindful
Watch Your Language!
Work with Systems
Collaborate with Clients
Collaborate with Colleagues
Evaluate Effectiveness
Do What You Can Do
Putting Principles into Practice: Asking Useful Questions
Beginnings
Balancing Acknowledgment and Possibility
Expanding Possibilities for Change
A Better Future: The Miracle Question ("You Ask Them What?")
Goals
"Making Numbers Talk"
Compliments
Messages: Therapist-to-Client Feedback
Safety Planning
Evaluations: Client-to-Therapist Feedback
Continuing: A Focus on Progress and Change
Termination
Putting It All Together: Thoughts on "Flow"
Examples of Possible Question Sequences
Conclusion: Voice of Experience
Applications
Three Conversations About Dying and Living
Talking with George
Talking with Laura
Talking with Marco
Solution-Focused Approaches to Crisis
Crisis Intervention at First Contact
Crisis Intervention in the Context of Ongoing Relationship
Conclusion
Befriending the Black Dog: Solutions for Depression
Helpful Approaches
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Conclusion
Chronic Attempts at Solution: Working with People Who Have Made Repeated Suicide Attempts
The Teacher
Respecting What Works I: Watching My Language
Respecting What Works II: Client Views and Resources
Respecting What Works III: Therapist Contributions
When Suicidal Crises Occur in the Course of Treatment
Notes on the R-Word
Notes on Dealing with Self-Mutilation
The Teacher Revisited
Even the Children: Preventing Suicide Among Young People
Helping Young Children with Suicidal Thoughts and Actions
Additional Safety Issues
Making our Methods Child-Friendly
Hope and Energy: Preventing Adolescent Suicide
Susan's Miracle
Working with "Angry Young Men"
When the Answer Is "I Don't Know"
Relationships and Relationship Questions
Teamwork with Natural Systems I: Collaborating with Clients' Parents and Peers
Parents Helping/Helping Parents
Friends
Other Approaches to Team-Building
Teamwork with Natural Systems II: Family and Couple Therapy
Suicide Prevention in Families
Suicide Prevention with Couples
Teamwork with Unnatural Systems: Collaborating with Our Colleagues
All My Relations
The Challenge of Collaboration
Meeting the Challenge
Borrowing a Framework
Applying the Framework: Questions and Examples
Conclusion
Teamwork in Communities
Noticing Exceptions
Examples of Community Resource Utilization
Clients Constructing Community/Community Supporting Clients
Conclusion: Voices of Experience
Survivor Wisdom: News of a Difference
Challenges
The Helping Connection
"This Other Journey"
Conclusion
Walking the Talk: The Hopeful Therapist
Hope-Friendly Practice?
Concrete Reminders
Conclusion: My Favorite Story
Conclusion: Take This Story
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: The Basics
What It Is
How It Works
SFBT: Research Support
Notes on the Evidence Base: Toward Communities of Curiosity
The Specter of Evidence-Based Practice
Suicide Intervention Research: Challenges and Limitations
Research on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: Challenges and Limitations
Model for a Collaborative, Practice-Friendly Evidence Base
An Exercise in Practicing My Preaching
A Therapist's Research Wish List
Conclusion
Warning Signs of Imminent Danger for Suicide
Reflective Questions
Reflective Questions for Case Review
References
Index

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