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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with People at Risk of Suicide
Format: Book
Publication Year: 2017
Publisher: The Guilford Press
Pages: 334
Source ID: shanti-sources-70896
Abstract: Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression (MBCT) has transformed the landscape of clinical practice, changing the way practitioners understand depression and how best to prevent relapse. This book addresses a crucial need: how to adapt MBCT for participants who struggle with recurrent suicidal thoughts and impulses. From pioneering treatment developers, the volume is grounded in extensive research and years of experience working with people who are highly vulnerable. It offers a comprehensive framework for understanding suicidal behavior together with procedures for safely teaching core mindfulness practices in the 8-week MBCT program. The book presents compelling findings on the factors that trigger and maintain suicidality and explores both the benefits and the potential dangers of offering mindfulness training to those at risk. Relevant to all mindfulness teachers, guidelines are provided for assessing client vulnerability and developing a crisis plan. A range of ways to make MBCT more engaging and effective for this population are described, including modifications in the preliminary intake interview and each of the group mindfulness sessions. Strategies for helping participants prepare for stumbling blocks and respond in new ways to hopelessness and despair 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. Rich with compassion and wisdom, this practical book belongs on the desks of all mental health professionals interested in mindfulness teaching and MBCT, including clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, and counselors.