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

From Self-Murder to Self-Support

From self-murder to self-support

Chapter Overview

Amidst the anxiety of ‘getting it right’ in working with suicidal clients, it is too easy to become preoccupied with assessment, intervention, prevention, policy, procedure and management, for example. However, for many clients naming their suicidal thinking in counselling sessions, there remains significant therapeutic opportunity to facilitate movement and positive change. This chapter explores some of the strategies that counsellors might use to help their clients begin to consider self-care, as opposed to self-destruction.

Regardless of the years I have worked with suicidal clients, the moment when a client begins to explore their suicidal world can still feel overwhelming. The power of the self-annihilatory process can feel immobilizing in the moment, leaving me blank and helpless. In those ...

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