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 Counsellor and Suicide Risk: Personal Perspectives and Professional Actions

The counsellor and suicide risk: Personal perspectives and professional actions

Chapter Overview

A counsellor's views on suicide, influenced by their personal or family history, spiritual or religious views, experience of supporting family or friends, for example, will have great significance in how they subsequently respond to suicidal clients in sessions. This chapter raises some of the important issues counsellors need to consider, the dangers of not adopting a self-reflective position, and how different client needs and presentations will challenge counsellors in a variety of ways.

Counsellors are well versed in reflecting on how client work impacts upon their ‘self as counsellor. From initial training, the importance of supervision, personal counselling and continuing professional development, for example, in providing ...

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