How To Respond To Suicide

How therapists can respond to a suicide attempt in clients with rigid overcontrolled issues

Video Description

Suicide is a complex issue. Many resources exist to help therapists treat suicide due to emotion dysregulation issues. However, information to treat clients who suffer from overcontrol issues is more rare. These clients are rigid, duty driven, inflexible, and closed. They are also more likely to attempt suicide and a different approach is needed for them.

The case example in this video covers the key differences between these two groups. Details have been changed for privacy concerns. This population’s motivations, worldview, and treatment design for them is discussed. More Importantly, this video outlines how to respond to this group’s suicide attempts.

The clinical information is taken from the research of Dr. Thomas Lynch. Dr. Lynch is the treatment developer of radically open dialectical behavior therapy. RO DBT targets disorders of excessive self-control. These issues include chronic depression, anorexia nervosa, obsessive-compulsive personality disorder). To learn more about his work, check out his website here.

Clinicians should use their clinical training and judgement in dealing with cases. This video should not be relied upon as the only source used in treating cases of suicide. Close supervision and intensive training is essential.


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About The Author

Raised in a rural farm town in Iowa, Yonasan Bender, L.C.S.W. combines small town values with powerful training. He provide clients with cutting-edge empirical knowledge, empathy, and timeless wisdom.

Yonasan’s a graduate of Hebrew University’s Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare. He completed post graduate training in a wide array of therapeutic approaches. These approaches range from CBT to Psychodynamic therapies. Before Hebrew University, he studied at Washington University in St. Louis and Drake University. Yonasan majored in philosophy and ethics.

Yonasan is a member of the Association For Contextual Behavioral Science. He’s a key member of the clinical team at The Place, the Jerusalem Centre for Emotional Wellbeing. Yonasan is a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist skills trainer at Machon Dvir. He’s also a group leader for the National Educational Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder’ Family Connections program.

He specializes in treating anxiety, depression, anger, poor self-esteem, insomnia, and marital conflict. He has an extensive background working with individuals, couples, families, and children.


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