COLUMNSPsychotherapy With Suicidal Patients Part 2: An Alliance Based Intervention for SuicidePLAKUN, ERIC M. MDAuthor Information PLAKUN: Medical Director/CEO, Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA and Founder, American Psychiatric Association Psychotherapy Caucus, Washington, DC The author declares no conflicts of interest. Please send correspondence to: Eric M. Plakun, MD, The Austen Riggs Center, 25 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262 (e-mail: email@example.com). Journal of Psychiatric Practice: January 2019 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - p 41-45 doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000355 Buy Metrics Abstract This column, which is the second in a 2-part series on the challenge of treating patients struggling with suicide, reviews one psychodynamic approach to working with suicidal patients that is consistent with the elements shared across evidence-based approaches to treating suicidal patients that were the focus of the first column in this series. Alliance Based Intervention for Suicide is an approach to treating suicidal patients developed at the Austen Riggs Center that is not manualized or a stand-alone treatment, but rather it is a way of establishing and maintaining an alliance with suicidal patients that engages the issue of suicide and allows the rest of psychodynamic therapy to unfold. Copyright © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.