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Developing a Forensic Practice
Developing a Forensic Practice: Operations and Ethics for Experts
By: William H. Reid
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Developing a forensic practice can be confusing and intimidating. Dr. William Reid, a highly experienced forensic psychiatrist, has written a practical, straightforward guide for clinicians interested in doing it right and increasing their opportunities for a successful transition to forensic work. This book, which will be of interest to many attorneys as well, provides straightforward details, along with many case examples, of lawyer-expert communications and relationships, case assessment, record review, evaluations, reports, deposition and trial testimony, fees and billing, office operations, marketing, liability, and professional ethics. A bonus chapter by a successful malpractice attorney gives a unique and valuable "lawyer’s perspective" on the content and mental health experts in general. The huge appendix provides over 40 highly useful examples of common office forms, letters, reports, and affidavits.

Critical Suicidology
Critical Suicidology: Transforming Suicide Research and Prevention for the 21st Century
By: Jennifer White, Ian Marsh, Michael J. Kral, Jonathan Morris
Reviewed by Mary K. Lear, M.S., & Carolyn M. Pepper, Ph.D.
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In Critical Suicidology, a team of international scholars, practitioners, and people directly affected by suicide argue that the field of suicidology has become too focused on the biomedical paradigm: a model that pathologizes distress and obscures the social, political, and historical contexts that contribute to human suffering. The authors take a critical look at existing research, introduce the perspectives of those who have direct personal knowledge of suicide and suicidal behavior, and propose alternative approaches that are creative and culturally sensitive. In the right hands, this book could save lives.
Survivors Club
The Suicide Survivor's Club
By: Rebecca Anderson
Art by Laurie Philips
Reviewed by Ginny Sparrow
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5-book set Suicide Survivors’ Club: A Family’s Journey Through the Death of Their Loved One.

The experiences of a mother and three children are documented in their own words within individual books: Becky,PattieAidan, and Will, by artist Laurie Phillips. A fifth book, Parenting the Suicide Survivors’ Club, is a memoir written by Rebecca Anderson with art by Laurie Phillips.

Suicide Note of Hope
A Suicide Note of Hope: More than a Memoir
By: Hank McGovern
Reviewed by William Feigelman, PhD
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In A Suicide Note of Hope, I document an adventurous and traumatic memoir characterized by empowerment, inspiration, transformation, and humor. In "Goodbye", I begin the note and describe the precipitator, a bogus charge of sexual harassment made against me that was published in the Washington Post. In "Early Years: Chaos, Trauma, and Adventure", I describe a childhood fraught with pain, beginning at age 3 when my mother "fell" down the steps, broke her neck and died. Subsequently, I had repeated rejections, being moved around so often that I lived in 10 different homes with that many sets of parental figures. A soft humor can be felt in my embrace of these younger years. In "Death Kisses and Transformations", I reflect on numerous times when I came close to death and quote William Blake, "When one kisses death, life becomes infinitely sweet." I ultimately conclude poetically, "Death is my best friend. It reminds me to enjoy life more each day." The reader can learn about a number of self-help skills from meditation and assertive behavior to cognitive skills and self-hypnosis that I have used to struggle through an adult life with a flimsy childhood foundation. 
DBT in Schools DBT in Schools: Skills Training for Emotional Problem Solving for Adolescents (DBT STEPS-A)
By: James J. Mazza, Elizabeth T. Dexter-Mazza, Alec L. Miller, Jill H. Rathus, & Heather E. Murphy
Reviewed by David N. Miller, PhD
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Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills have been demonstrated to be effective in helping adolescents manage difficult emotional situations, cope with stress, and make better decisions.  From leading experts in DBT and school-based interventions, this unique manual offers the first nonclinical application of DBT skills. The book presents an innovative social–emotional learning curriculum designed to be taught at the universal level in grades 6-12. Explicit instructions for teaching the skills--mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness--are provided in 30 lesson plans, complete with numerous reproducible tools: 99 handouts, a diary card, and three student tests. The large-size format and lay-flat binding facilitate photocopying; purchasers also get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.
Girl Behind the Door
The Girl Behind the Door
By: John Brooks
Reviewed by William Feigelman, PhD
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An award-winning, candid, and compelling story of an adoptive father’s search for the truth about his teenage daughter’s suicide: “Rarely have the subjects of suicide, adoption, adolescence, and parenting been explored so openly and honestly” (John Bateson, Former Executive Director, Contra Costa Crisis Center, and author of The Final Leap: Suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge).
Aftermath  A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
By: Sue Klebold
Reviewed by William Feigelman, PhD
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Reviewed by David N. Miller, PhD
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On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill twelve students and a teacher and wound twenty-four others before taking their own lives.
For the last sixteen years, Sue Klebold, Dylan’s mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?
All the Way
All the Way: My Life on Ice
By: Jordin Tootoo with Stephen Brunt
Reviewed by William "Bill" Schmitz Jr., Psy.D
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It seemed as though nothing could stop Jordin Tootoo on the ice. The captain, a fan favourite, a star in international competition, Tootoo was always a leader. And when he was drafted by Nashville in 2001 and made the Predators out of camp in 2003, he became a leader in another way--as the first player of Inuk descent to suit up in the NHL.
Mindfulness and the transformation of despair: Working with people at risk of suicide
By: Mark Williams, DPhil; Melanie Fennel, PhD; Thorsten Barnhofer, PhD; Rebecca Crane, PhD, DipCot; Zindel Segal, PhD; John Teasdale, PhD
Reviewed by Ramond P. Tucker, MS
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Grounded in extensive research and clinical experience, this book describes how to adapt mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for participants who struggle with recurrent suicidal thoughts and impulses. Clinicians and mindfulness teachers are presented with a comprehensive framework for understanding suicidality and its underlying vulnerabilities. The preliminary intake interview and each of the eight group mindfulness sessions of MBCT are discussed in detail, highlighting issues that need to be taken into account with highly vulnerable people. Assessment guidelines are provided and strategies for safely teaching core mindfulness practices are illustrated with extensive case examples. The book also discusses how to develop the required mindfulness teacher skills and competencies. Purchasers get access to a companion website featuring downloadable audio recordings of the guided mindfulness practices, narrated by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams, and John Teasdale.
Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program (ASSIP): A Manual for Clinicians
By: Konrad Michel & Anja Gysin-Maillart
Reviewed by Laura M. Frey, PhD, LMFT
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An innovative and highly effective brief therapy for suicidal patients a complete treatment manual
Attempted suicide is the main risk factor for suicide. The Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program (ASSIP) described in this manual is an innovative brief therapy that has proven in published clinical trials to be highly effective in reducing the risk of further attempts. ASSIP is the result of the authors extensive practical experience in the treatment of suicidal individuals. The emphasis is on the therapeutic alliance with the suicidal patient, based on an initial patient-oriented narrative interview. The four therapy sessions are followed by continuing contact with patients by means of regular letters.
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