Family Therapy Review: Preparing for Comprehensive and Licensing Examinations

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This book is organized as a curriculum for instruction on evaluating and managing the behavioral emergencies that mental health clinicians most often encounter. It defines the area of emergency practice, outlines the emergency interview, gives specific, evidence-based information about evaluating for short-term risk of suicide and violence, assists with risk management strategies, and highlights the need for the clinician to be able to deal with the impact that work with emergency cases can have on him or her.

Kleespies, P. (Ed.). (2000). Special Section: An Empirical Approach to Behavioral Emergencies. Part I: Suicidal Behavior and Self-Injury. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 56 (9), 1103–1205. Part II: Violence to Others and Interpersonal Victimization. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 56 (10), 1237–1369.

This two part Special Section expands upon the above-noted book (Kleespies, 1998) and includes articles on youth suicidal behavior, suicide in the medically and terminally ill, violence risk among youth, risk for domestic violence, and evaluation and intervention with victims of rape.

Rudd, M. D., Joiner, T., & Rajab, M. H. (2001). Treating Suicidal Behavior: An Effective, Time-Limited Approach. New York: Guilford Press.

The authors of this book present a framework for evaluating risk and protective factors, estimating the risk of suicide, and intervening in a manner consistent with the level of risk. The book outlines an empirically supported, cognitive-behavioral treatment approach to suicidality.


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Brent, D. A., Bridge, J., Johnson, B. A., & Connolly, J. (1996). Suicidal behavior runs in families: A controlled family study of adolescent suicide victims. Archives of General Psychiatry, 41, 888–891.

Cascardi, M, & O'Leary, K. D. (1992). Depressive symptomatology, self-esteem, and self-blame in battered women. Journal of Family Violence, 7, 249–259.

Clark, D., & Fawcett, J. (1992). Review of empirical risk factors for evaluation of the suicidal patient. In B. Bongar (Ed.), Suicide: Guidelines for assessment, management, and treatment (pp. 16–48). New York: Oxford University Press.

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Cunradi, C. B., Caetano, R., & Schafer, J. (2002). Alcohol-related problems, drug use, and male intimate partner violence severity among U. S. couples. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 26, 493–500.

Dutton, M. A. (2001). Understanding risks to women of intimate partner violence. National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Quarterly, 10, 11, 14–16.

Eckhardt, C, Barbour, K. A., & Stuart, G. L. (1997). Anger and hostility in maritally violent men: Conceptual distinctions, measurement issues, and literature review. Clinical Psychology Review, 1 7, 333–358.

Ellis, D., & Wight, L. (1997). Estrangement, interventions, and male violence toward female partners. Violence and nicalQuarterly, 10, 11, 14–16.

Fals-Stewart, W. (2003). The occurrence of partner physical aggression on days of alcohol consumption: A longitudinal diary study. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 71, 41–52.

Fawcett, J., Scheftner, W, Clark, D., Hedeker, D., Gibbons, R., & Coryell, W. (1987). Clinical predictors of suicide in patients with major affective disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 144, 1189–1194.

A more extensive reference list for this chapter is available from the first author (P.M.K.). The interested reader can request the list by sending an e-mail message to: Phillip.


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