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Psychotherapy With Suicidal Patients Part 1

Expert Consensus Recommendations


Journal of Psychiatric Practice®: November 2018 - Volume 24 - Issue 6 - p 420–423
doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000344

This column reviews and discusses recommendations made by individual experts and by expert panels for treating suicidal patients in psychotherapy. Therapies for suicidal patients that were considered for the extraction of shared elements include cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and integrated psychotherapies. There is a large amount of convergence among expert consensus recommendations for treating suicidal patients.

PLAKUN: Associate Medical Director, Director of Biopsychosocial Advocacy, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA, and Leader, American Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Caucus, Washington, DC

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Please send correspondence to: Eric M. Plakun, MD, The Austen Riggs Center, 25 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262 (e-mail:

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