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

The Use of Language in Counselling Suicidal Clients

The use of language in counselling suicidal clients

Chapter Overview

Understanding suicidal ideation and assessing potential require insight into the client's process around their suicidal thinking. Given that counsellors work predominantly with the client's narrative, it is important to consider whether or how clients might talk about suicide within sessions, and the implications of this for counsellors.

I was thinking about the language that clients use because I find now that I am much more aware of what clients are saying. Whereas in the past I would hear things like, ‘I feel really low’ and might take it at face value. Now I might think, ‘well, how low’ and I am much more willing to explore that and go into ...

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