Empirically-Based Outpatient Treatment for a Patient at Risk for Suicide: The Case of "John"
Keywords:case study, suicidal behavior, empirically-supported treatment, therapeutic relationship, standardized outcome assessment
AbstractEmerging research has provided empirical support for a number of cognitive-behavioral strategies designed to reduce suicidal behaviors. In this case study of "John," I describe the application of a combination of these strategies in treating a suicidal patient who recently returned from stressful military duty in Iraq. Focusing on assisting the patient to develop problem-solving and distress tolerance skills, treatment was centered in a collaborative model emphasizing the importance of the therapeutic relationship and involvement of social support networks. Interventions were guided by continual monitoring of suicidal symptoms and general distress level using standardized outcome measures, including Lambert'sOutcome Questionnaire (OQ-45) and Jobes' Suicide Status Form (SSF). The treatment involved 21 sessions and resulted in eventual resolution of the suicidal crisis and in significantly reduced emotional distress.
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