Friday, August 27, 2010

Book update

The publishing process rolls on and they have now set a date of release for my book. January 2011. To be released in the UK, Australia and the United states by the UK based publisher, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.

Here is the title and list of contents.

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What they are doing to my book

Working with suicidal individuals: A guide to providing understanding, assessment and support

CONTENTS

PART 1. UNDERSTANDING SUICIDE
1. INTRODUCTION
The statistics
Goal of the book
The author's background
Terminology
The personal level for practitioners

2. WHAT IS SUICIDE
What constitutes a suicide?
Accidents and suicide
Suicide by being killed
Conclusion

3. TRANSACTIONAL ANALYSIS
Theory of personality
Ego states and the newborn child
The functional ego states
Transactions
Conclusion

4. THE SUICIDE DECISION
Introduction
Decisions
The suicide decision
The process of early decision making
Aspects of the decision making process
Conclusion

5. MODELING SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR
Modeling and imitation
Modifying Parent ego state tapes
The suicide pact and supported suicide
Conclusion

6. REACTIONS TO HIGH STRESS
Regression
Three reactions to stress
Fight
Flight
Freeze
Suicide is usually a flight response
The counseling response to stress
Conclusion

7. SUICIDE AND SELF HARM
Self harm and suicide are separate
Bodily mutilation in context
The eight motives for self harming
Self harming with multiple motives
Harm minimization for the self harmer
Conclusion

Man on stilts

PART 2. ASSESSING SUICIDE RISK
8. QUANTITATIVE MEASURES OF ASSESSING SUICIDE RISK
Alternate methods of assessing suicide risk
Suicidal thoughts
The quantitative approach
Accuracy of client information in reporting suicidal thoughts and behaviors
Quantitative measures
The tendency and degree of regression
History of high risk behavior
History of substance use
History of mental illness
Lack of any secondary gain
The prison population as a high risk group
Depression as an indicator of suicidal thoughts and actions
Single people are more likely to suicide than the married
Previous history of suicide attempts as an indicator of suicide risk
The suicide note as a measure of assessing suicide risk
Way of talking about suicide
Planning suicide as a method of risk assessment
Those with a flight response to stress
Conclusion

9. QUALITATIVE MEASURES OF ASSESSING SUICIDE RISK
Assessing long term suicide risk
Identifying the suicide decision
The Stopper Questionnaire
The Don’t exist interview
The bad day at black rock exercise
Reaction to the no suicide statement as a means of assessing suicide risk
Conclusion

"NO"

PART 3. SUPPORTING THE SUICIDAL INDIVIDUAL
10. THE SUICIDE SECRET AND THE DELIBERATE SUICIDE RISK
Disclosing the suicide secret
The deliberate suicide risk
Conclusion

11. PSEUDO SUICIDE, SUICIDE AND TEENAGE SUICIDE
Introduction
The non suicidal
The suicidal - the suicide decision
The suicidal - command hallucinations
The suicidal - impulsive acts
Pseudo suicidal
Teenage suicide
Magical thinking about death
One teenager's statement about suicide
Another teenager's view of suicide
Conclusion

12. SUICIDAL AMBIVALENCE
Introduction
Understanding the ambivalence
Working with the suicidal ambivalence
Assessing the suicidal ambivalence
Conclusion

13. SUICIDAL TIMELINES
Suicidal behavior in context
The acute suicidal crisis
Slow developing suicidal crisis
Chronic suicidal crisis
Conclusion

14. THE NO SUICIDE CONTRACT
Origin of the no suicide contract
Theory behind the no suicide contract
Under the NSC iceberg waterline
The no suicide promise, no suicide assurance or no suicide commitment
The no suicide contracting procedure
To summarize the steps in the no suicide contract procedure
Refusal to make a no suicide contract
Conclusion

15. REDECISION THERAPY
The process of Redecision therapy
Contract for change
Diagnosis of early decision
Recreating the early scene
The redecision
Bring the client back to the here and now
Making behavioral contracts to carry out the new decision
Ongoing relational contact with the self destructive aspect of the client
Conclusion

Graffiti

9 comments:

  1. Well done Tony, that is a comprehensive chapter list. Cant wait to read it.

    ken

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  2. Thank you kenoath,

    Not too long to go now

    Graffiti

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  3. WOW, Tony, that's quite a book! Congratulations for completing it. I just wanted to let you know my favorite thing about your blog is your photo selection. Thanks for broadening my horizons.

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  4. Glad you like them Anon,

    sometimes the connection to the writing is clear but at other times I don't really know why I have picked a particular image

    Graffiti

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  5. I can't wait to read it too.

    I googled the bad day at black rock exercise to see what that is. All I got was a film. Is it a favourite of yours that you named the exercise after?

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  6. Hi kahless,

    Yes it was a film and that is why the exercise is called what it is. I have never actually seen the film.

    An example of the exercise can be found at:

    http://graffiti99.blogspot.com/2010/02/life-script-analysis-1.html


    Or go to the archives on this blog for Feb and March 2010 and see more.

    It is one of those situations where this therapeutic exercise has appeared in the literature and nobody really knows where it came from in the beginning. I originally saw it mentioned in the Transactional Analysis Journal in the early 1980s by a guy called John McNeel.

    I use it all the time in counselling. Not in the formal way as it is shown in the case examples of this blog but I am asking clients the same type of questions looking for the answers that one looks for.

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