The outpatient treatment of suicidality: An integration of science and recognition of its limitations


The clinical assessment of suicidality is one of the most challenging tasks the mental health clinician can face. This article offers 22 recommendations for the outpatient psychotherapeutic treatment of suicidality in adults and adolescents. These recommendations cut across all domains of clinical practice. A rationale is presented that the stated recommendations need an empirical base, in contrast to the existing litigation-determined standard of care that has emerged over the last several decades. The authors review empirical literature, acknowledge identifiable limitations, and emphasize implications for day-to-day clinical practice and the continuing evolution of standards of care.

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Professional Psychology: Research and Practice