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Suicide and the Inner Voice
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Suicide and the Inner Voice
Risk Assessment, Treatment, and Case Management


May 1997 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Dr. Firestone provides the reader with this understanding first by building his book around the sound theoretical framework and psychotherapeutic methodology he and his colleagues painstakingly developed. The theoretical framework offers a unique perspective not only on suicide, but also on other self-destructive, potentially life-threatening (microsuicidal) behaviors and lifestyles. Further, many case histories are detailed and provide depth of emotional reality to the theory. Suicide among all walks of life is explored, with the author illuminating the risks among different age, race, and gender groups. In exploring this theory of defense formation, Dr. Firestone goes into detail about the makeup of our internal negative voice processes and the family and social relationships that contribute to their development. Sections relating to assessment, treatment, and voice therapy methodology are especially helpful to practitioners interested in making progress in the treatment of at-risk individuals. Addressing a somber and serious issue in todayÆs society, Suicide and the Inner Voice sheds light on the internal thought processes often involved in suicide. This volume will be insightful reading for psychotherapists, clinical/counseling psychologists, and social workers.

Pamela Cantor
Foreword
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: GENERAL APPROACH
 
The Self and Antiself
 
Suicidal Signs and Suicide Prevention
Inwardness - Personality Traits That Predispose Suicide  
 
Brief Review of Psychodynamic and Cognitive Approaches to Suicide
 
The Epidemiology of Suicide and Brief History of Methods for Assessing Risk
 
Suicide among Adolescents
 
Suicide among Older People
 
PART TWO: INDIRECT SUICIDE
 
Microsuicide
 
The Relationship between Guilt and the Suicidal Process
 
Regression Precipitated by Positive Circumstances
 
PART THREE: THEORY OF DEFENSE FORMATION
 
The Voice Process and the Fantasy Bond
 
Couple and Family Relationships
 
PART FOUR: ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT
 
Identification of the Suicidal Individual
The Development of the Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts  
 
Treatment Strategies and Malpractice Issues
 
Voice Therapy Methodology in the Treatment of the Suicidal Patient
 
PART FIVE: CONCLUSION
 
Guidelines for Primary Prevention of Suicide and Summary

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