chapter  8
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Psychotherapy With older Suicidal Adults

Suicide in the elderly is treatable and preventable; nevertheless, it is one of the most neglected areas in the entire field of suicidology. The suicidologist needs to know much more about therapy, the therapist needs to know more about suicide, and both need to know more about gerontology. To this end, the following account presents some general principles that apply to all psychotherapies that may be used with suicidal clients, with an emphasis on the suicidal elderly. Included are assessment, risk management, and reduction of the tensions in the patient and family that fuel the suicidal state through crisis intervention and strategy.