Counselling Suicidal Clients addresses the important professional considerations when working with clients who are suicidal. The ‘bigger picture’, including legal and ethical considerations and organizational policy and procedures is explored, as is to how practitioners can work with the dynamics of suicide potential in the therapeutic process. The book is divided into six main parts:The changing context of suicideThe prediction-prevention model, policy and ethicsThe influence of the organizationThe client processThe practitioner processThe practice of counseling with suicidal clients

Suicide and Counselling: An Introduction

Suicide and counselling: An introduction

Chapter Overview

This chapter provides an overview for the rest of the book by discussing the role of counsellors with clients who are suicidal. It challenges the idea that counselling is generally not a helpful option for suicidal clients, or that counsellors generally should not see clients who are suicidal. It raises the dilemmas that counsellors face in managing and responding to suicide potential in their work. The overall structure of the book is outlined.

I can recall many years ago, when still early on in my research journey looking at counselling and suicide risk. I had attended a conference (not about suicide) and was offered a lift home by a consultant psychiatrist psychotherapist. As the journey progressed ...

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