Title

Teaching the fundamentals of the risk assessment interview to clinicians

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-1-2016

Journal

Psychiatric Annals

Volume

46

Issue

5

DOI

10.3928/00485713-20160318-01

Abstract

© 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.

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