COLUMNS: Law and PsychiatrySuicide Risk Assessment and Suicide Risk Formulation Essential Components of the Therapeutic Risk Management ModelSILVERMAN, MORTON M., MDAuthor Information Dr. Silverman is the Senior Science Advisor to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center in Waltham, MA. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Colorado Address correspondence to: email@example.com Journal of Psychiatric Practice®: September 2014 - Volume 20 - Issue 5 - p 373-378 doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000454784.90353.bf Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Suicide and other suicidal behaviors are often associated with psychiatric disorders and dysfunctions. Therefore, psychiatrists have significant opportunities to identify at-risk individuals and offer treatment to reduce that risk. Although a suicide risk assessment is a core competency requirement, many clinical psychiatrists lack the requisite training and skills to appropriately assess for suicide risk. Moreover, the standard of care requires psychiatrists to foresee the possibility that a patient might engage in suicidal behavior, hence to conduct a suicide risk formulation sufficient to guide triage and treatment planning. Based on data collected via a suicide risk assessment, a suicide risk formulation is a process whereby the psychiatrist forms a judgment about a patient's foreseeable risk of suicidal behavior in order to inform triage decisions, safety and treatment planning, and interventions to reduce risk. This paper addresses the components of this process in the context of the model for therapeutic risk management of the suicidal patient developed at the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 19 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center by Wortzel et al. (Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2014;20:373–378) Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.