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"Suicide Prevention Through Skilled Suicide Assessment"

What the Reviewers Are Saying:

"In this highly readable, engaging volume, Dr. Shea makes the process of discovering suicidality come alive. …Even if you are not directly involved in suicide risk assessment, this is a very worthwhile read. If you are directly involved, this is a must read."

School Psychology Resources Online
August 2000


"… a concise, carefully conceptualized, well-written book … highly recommended for psychiatric residents and all other mental health students."

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
September 2000


"This outstanding book is informative, interesting, and clinically useful."

American Journal of Psychiatry
September 2000


Critical Acclaim from
Suicide Prevention Experts
and School Counselors...


"The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment combines a fascinating blend of theory, practical tips, and clinical vignettes, with a remarkable balance of compassion and clinical discipline. If I were asked to recommend only one book to equip clinicians to conduct the best possible suicide risk assessments, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment would be it."

    Thomas E. Ellis, Psy. D., ABPP
    Past Director, Clinical Division
    American Association of Suicidology
    Co-author, Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide Through Cognitive Therapy


"Here is a masterful answer to the pressing question, "What should I ask students to effectively uncover hidden suicidal ideation?" Specific questions, concrete strategies, and actual clinical dialogues bring to life the real world of suicide evaluation. The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment should be required reading for all graduate students in school counseling. It will save lives."

    Barnes Peterson, M.Ed. LCMHC
    Counselor, Keene State College



"Penned with a compelling elegance and charm, The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment, is brimming with clinical wisdom, enlightening case illustrations, and a vibrant sense of compassion. Writers of "Forwards" have a tendency to proclaim that the book in question is a "must-read" for every clinician. This time it is actually true."

    From the Foreword
    David A. Jobes, Ph.D.
    Past President, American Association of Suicidology


"The CASE Approach, as described in The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment, provides a strikingly graceful and sensitive way to actively explore the client's hidden world of suicidal ideation and intent. In over 30 years of training psychologists, social workers, and psychiatric residents it is, without a doubt, the most practical and engaging clinical strategy I have ever passed on to my students. I am convinced it will save lives."

    Bruce Baker, D.Ed.
    Multiple year winner; Outstanding Teacher Award
    Director, Student Counseling Center
    Dartmouth University

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