Teaching the fundamentals of the risk assessment interview to clinicians
© SLACK Incorporated. The ability to predict a person’s risk of acute suicide is one of the most important skills in the practice of psychiatry. This article reviews the essential components of suicide assessment in a concise format meant to be learned and taught to psychiatrists at various levels of training. Strategies for assessing a person’s existential state, imminent warning signs, lethality of planned suicide attempts, and protective factors in an empathetic, collaborative approach are reviewed. Finally, a brief overview of the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE) approach, a well-validated approach to obtaining a thorough and empathetic suicide assessment that is useful in cases where suicidality is not obviously apparent, is given.
Adler, L., Slootsky, V., Griffith, J., & Khin, E. (2016). Teaching the fundamentals of the risk assessment interview to clinicians. Psychiatric Annals, 46 (5). http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/00485713-20160318-01