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

Potential Dangers and Difficulties

Potential dangers and difficulties

Chapter Overview

Following on from the previous chapter, the discussion here highlights the real and perceived risks for the counsellor in working with suicidal clients, such as the emotional responses they might experience as a consequence of working with suicide, and how, because of such feelings, they might inadvertently ‘avoid’ suicidality in their therapeutic dialogue with clients.

Much that has been written about the skill and practice of assessing suicide risk has been centred on the client process. The understood scenario is quite clear: the ‘client’, during initial assessment or later on in the counselling process, alludes to or talks about their wish to die. The ‘counsellor’, hearing this intention (whether implicitly or explicitly articulated), works through a process of ...

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