14. The Safety Planning Intervention

  1. Beth S. Brodsky PhD Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology1 and
  2. Barbara Stanley PhD Professor of Clinical Psychology2

Published Online: 6 MAY 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118556603.ch14

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Primer: How DBT Can Inform Clinical Practice

The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Primer: How DBT Can Inform Clinical Practice

How to Cite

Brodsky, B. S. and Stanley, B. (2013) The Safety Planning Intervention, in The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Primer: How DBT Can Inform Clinical Practice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118556603.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Research Scientist New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Research Scientist New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAY 2013
  2. Published Print: 15 JUL 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119968931

Online ISBN: 9781118556603

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Keywords:

  • safety planning;
  • crisis intervention;
  • suicide management;
  • suicide risk assessment

Summary

In this chapter, we describe an intervention, called the Safety Planning Intervention, based on principles and strategies of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy but not part of DBT as developed by Linehan. Individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are frequently suicidal and have difficulty managing suicidal feelings. Safety planning provides a structured way for individuals with BPD to handle their suicidal crises. The Safety Planning Intervention has six steps arranged in a hierarchical order, developed collaboratively between the clinician and the suicidal individual.