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
Chapter 10: Understanding Suicide
While much research has focused on suicide risk factors, counsellors often prefer to consider the meaning of suicide for their clients in interpersonal and intrapersonal ways. This chapter aims to provide an overview of some explanations of suicidality while acknowledging that, in reality, the reasons for an individual experiencing suicidal thoughts can be so multi-faceted that any ‘blueprints’ of meaning can only be tentatively made.
Helping a client understand the meaning behind their suicidal intent, or finding a meaning for ourselves, can be profoundly problematic. Suicide can present in different ways, from the person who plans their own death with detail and intent, to the person who lives with the constant thought of suicide as a means of surviving in life, to ...