An Examination of the Assessment and Treatment of Suicide

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Judith Fox

Second Advisor

Hale Martin

Third Advisor

Sally Spencer-Thomas




This paper uses a combination of literature reviews and interviews with clinicians and suicide attempt survivors to examine the historical, ethical and systemic influences that have contributed to the evolution of how clinicians assess and treat suicide risk. Reviewing the history of suicide assessment and treatment can help clinicians better understand how modern day practices came to be as well as inspire new practices. Broadening our perception of suicide risk and treatment practices can also help clinicians be more cognizant of ways they may be influenced by the stigmatization of suicide as well as practices they engage in that could be harmful.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.


38 pages

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