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Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Substance Abuse Treatment

Guidelines to help substance abuse treatment counselors work with suicidal adult clients. Covers risk factors and warning signs for suicide, core counselor competencies, clinical vignettes, and information for administrators and clinical supervisors.

Free PDF download from the SAMHSA web site store: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA09-4381

The video below is a companion piece that offers guidance to substance abuse treatment counselors working with persons with suicidal behaviors. Covers risk factors, warning signs, and follow-up care. Case scenarios demonstrate counseling techniques and a 4-step process for addressing suicide. Developed with Department of Veterans Affairs with support from SAMHSA.

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