The CASE approach to suicide assessment

Date Published: 
Monday, September 16, 2019

A discussion with international expert Dr Shawn Shea MD, on the interviewing strategy known as the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events Approach (CASE approach). Shawn is the Director of the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing. He is the author of numerous articles and seven books with The Practical Art of Suicide Assessment being viewed as one of the classic texts in the field of suicidology. 



  • Outline of the CASE approach.
  • Background and development.
  • Techniques to use when raising the topic of suicide.
  • Exploring specific time frames.
  • What, as clinicians, do we need to document?


Take home messages

  • In a primary care setting you are able to spot a suicide risk.
  • There are techniques that you can learn to get better information faster.
  • A strategy called the CASE approach is the fastest possible way.
  • You have a real advantage in primary care as your patents know, like and respect you. If they share suicidal ideation, take the time to find out as much as you possibly can.




Dr Shawn Shea
suicide prevention & clinical interviewing expert

To contact Shawn Click here.



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