Columbia University Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy & Safety Planning for Suicidal Behavior: A Treatment Development Study

Study Name: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy & Safety Planning for Suicidal Behavior: A Treatment Development Study

Principal Investigator: Megan Chesin, Ph.D.

Purpose of Study: The purpose of this study is to adapt Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) + Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) for individuals with suicidal behavior and to determine its feasibility, acceptability, safety and preliminary effectiveness. An exploratory aim is to collect data on the cognitive processes underlying treatment gains.

Treatment Offered: Nine weeks of SPI+MBCT. In SPI+MBCT, participants develop an individualized crisis plan, learn and practice mindfulness, and receive education on factors that maintain depression and suicidality. The intention of this program is to provide participants with new ways of dealing with difficult emotions and behaviors. The first session is offered individually and is dedicated to developing the individualized crisis plan. The remaining sessions focus on mindfulness and include some cognitive therapy (i.e., psychoeducation and relapse prevention planning). These later 8 sessions are conducted in a group. All treatment sessions are provided by a doctoral-level Psychologist.

Eligibility: Adults aged 18-65 with a history of depression and suicidal thoughts or behavior and current suicidal thoughts. Participants must also be currently receiving mental health treatment (e.g., psychiatric medications or psychotherapy)

Funding: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Contact Information: Megan Chesin
Email: mls2173@columbia.edu
Phone: 212-543-6917

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/columbiamindfulnessresearch/

 

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