A standard of care for the assessment of suicide risk and associated treatment: The Florida State University psychology clinic as an example

Kelly C. Cukrowicz, La Ricka R. Wingate, Kimberly A. Driscoll, Thomas E. Joiner

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Abstract

The Florida State University has established a set of guidelines to be used as a standard of care for suicide. This standard of care guides therapists through a suicide risk assessment that focuses on key variables related to suicidal behavior that are among the best predictors of completed suicide. This standard of care includes necessary components of suicide risk assessment, critical steps to follow to ensure the safety of suicidal patients, treatment recommendations, and guidelines for minimizing the legal risk of the therapist. Though this standard of care was developed in a research and training clinic, these principles may be applied to all clinicians offering psychological services to patients, regardless of the nature of the clinic or setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-100
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Contemporary Psychotherapy
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2004

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Standard of care
  • Suicide
  • Treatment

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