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Family intervention for suicide prevention: a specialized emergency department intervention for suicidal youths
journal contributionposted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by J R Asarnow, Michael BerkMichael Berk, L J Baraff
Suicide attempts and suicidal ideation are common problems among youths seen in clinical practice. Despite the high risk of repeated suicidal behavior in these patients, clinicians are faced with a lack of empirically supported treatments for these youths. This article describes the Family Intervention for Suicide Prevention (FISP), a second-generation adaptation of the Specialized Emergency Room Intervention, an evidence-based practice. Although designed for use in emergency settings, the FISP can be used by practitioners working in a wide range of settings where youths present with suicidal emergencies. Rooted in cognitive-behavioral and family systems theory, the FISP is designed to mobilize family support and problem solving, reframe the suicide attempt as a critical event that requires treatment, reinforce more adaptive coping, motivate patients and families to initiate and adhere to follow-up treatment, and promote linkage to follow-up care. This approach can be used with a wide range of patients and offers an evidence-informed tool for practicing clinicians.