Three Strategies for Conducting State-of-the-Art Suicide Assessment Interviews – http://wp.me/p1O9VF-oP
I like this post very much because it is so non judgemental and straight forward to assessing suicidal ideation. I also like the fact the author stressed the use of safety planning rather than another type of contract, though there are several he could have used, such as crisis response plans. Either plan is helpful when assessing for suicidal thinking.
I also like the open questions to allow a client to think about responding rather than just asking directly. It is my belief that assessing in this way opens up more talk about suicide than being direct.