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(p. 179) The Unified Protocol for Nonsuicidal and Suicidal Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors 

(p. 179) The Unified Protocol for Nonsuicidal and Suicidal Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors
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(p. 179) The Unified Protocol for Nonsuicidal and Suicidal Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors
Author(s):

Kate H. Bentley

, Shannon Sauer-Zavala

, Clair Cassiello-Robbins

, and Stephanie Vento

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190255541.003.0011
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date: 21 July 2019

Nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicidal behavior are extremely common phenomena, with devastating consequences for individuals, families, and communities. Although interventions for NSSI and suicidal self-injurious thoughts and behaviors exist, there remains an urgent need to establish the most highly effective, efficient, and easily disseminable treatments for the full range of self-injuring individuals. The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP) is a cognitive-behavioral intervention recently developed to be applicable across the range of anxiety and mood disorders, as well as other disorders with strong emotional components. The aim of this chapter is to provide a rationale for using the UP, or its components, to address nonsuicidal and suicidal self-injurious thoughts and behaviors, as well as to discuss recent applications of the UP treatment to two self-injuring individuals through clinical case presentations.

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