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 Self-Injury: Annihilation and Survival

Suicide and self-injury: Annihilation and survival

Chapter Overview

The purpose of this chapter is to define what is meant by self-injury, consider the types of behaviours that might be seen as self-injuring, and highlight what key research tells us about the extent of self-injury. The differences and similarities between self-injury and suicidal potential will then be explored, including the implications of these differences and similarities for the counselling process, before a final discussion of the important factors counsellors need to keep in mind when assessing the risk of suicide potential in a client's self-injuring behaviour.

Understanding the differences between a client who experiences suicidal thoughts, and another who self-injures as a means of coping and surviving intolerable emotional pain, is a challenge ...

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