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Preventing Suicide: The Solution Focused Approach [Paperback]

John Henden
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23 July 2008 047051809X 978-0470518090 1
The book looks at secondary suicide prevention (treatment for those thinking about suicide or who are actively suicidal) and is very practically focused. The first chapter reviews the prevention literature and discusses the healthier nation targets. The second chapter outlines solution focused brief therapy and presents the evidence base for this approach. Chapters 3 and 4 focus on risk assessment, management and medication. Chapter 5 presents an in–depth case study and the final chapter presents five shorter case studies. The appendices contain examples of exercises that can be given to clients.

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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (23 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047051809X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470518090
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is a good addition to the library of anyone interested in the broad topic of cultural psychiatry. It reminds us that the importance of culture and ethnicity is not only to be seen in the context of symptom expression, or even in that of prevalence of disorders, but in the equally important context of how and why we often respond or fail to respond to psychotropic drugs. ( The British Journal of Psychiatry , March 2010)

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This book, which is a how-to-do text, contains ideas, tools & techniques which are simple to understand and apply. It is a life-saving instructional handbook, intended for all who come into contact with depressed and/or suicidal people.
In addition to being a practitioner's handbook, it is essential reading for both tutors and students on counselling and therapy courses.
I have written it as a radical alternative to the traditional risk assessment & management and medication approach; and throughout, from the gathering body or practice-based evidence. I have provided many good examples of lives saved.

Colleagues and workshop students I have been teaching over the past 10 years or so, have implored me to commit to print, all the many tools, techniques, principles, assumptions and ideas around this particular approach. This is so that the benefits may be experienced worldwide. I am most pleased with the result.

- John Henden, (Author) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A really valuable contribution 26 July 2008
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This is a first; a book on how to intervene effectively with people who are seriously considering suicide, and a much needed addition to the Solution Focused literature. It can be used by both professionals, and individuals who may be contemplating suicide, their friends and family members.
In the introduction John says:
"Much has been written about the subject of suicide, but little on the specific 'how-to-do' or 'what-works' in the 1:1 relationship between the worker and suicidal person. This book concentrates on how lives are saved; what workers do and say that is effective, and what clients have said they found helpful."
John's successes in this area speak for themselves. Over the past 15 years spent developing his ideas, many healthcare professionals and former clients have come forward to attest to the value of his approach. And more importantly, many lives have been saved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 4 Jan 2014
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I am so pleased I bought this book after attending training on solution focussed therapy in Northamptonshire . Having read the book I feel more confident to work with people contemplating suicide . The way in which the book is written makes it so simple and easy to read and understand. I have found the illustrations and techniques extremely effective . Wonderful stuff. I love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Preventing Suicide 2 May 2012
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Very pracical approach to a difficult topic. The writer is a kind og Guru in Solution Focused Therapy circles. I recommend the book warmly!
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