Objective 2 Generating a Safety Plan

Individuals with suicidal behavior often encounter difficulties in coping effectively with crisis situations and may at such times be prone to experience increased risk for harming themselves. The purpose of safety planning is first to discuss thoroughly the patient's prior experiences, specifically, maladaptive cognitions and behaviors that involve self-injury at times of crises. The second purpose is to provide the patient with an individualized, hierarchically arranged, written list of coping strategies to implement in future distressing circumstances.

The task ofgenerating a safety plan is a collaborative process that is generally completed within the psychoeducation meeting and further solidified during the initial sessions, evaluated for its effectiveness, and further expanded throughout the course oftreatment as the patient learns new coping skills. The safety plan (see Figure 7.1) should include the contact information for the therapist; the on-call therapist, ifavailable; a local, 24-hour emergency psychiatric hospital or center; and at least one reliable crisis hotline. Patients are asked to sign the generated safety plan and are provided with additional copies to share with a designated family member and/or friend.

Exploring EFT

Exploring EFT

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It works to free the user of both physical and emotional pain and relieve chronic conditions by healing the physical responses our bodies make after we've been hurt or experienced pain. While some people do not carry the effects of these experiences, others have bodies that hold onto these memories, which affect the way the body works. Because it is a free and fast technique, even if you are not one hundred percent committed to whether it works or not, it is still worth giving it a shot and seeing if there is any improvement.

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