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

Tightropes and Safety Nets: Supporting Practice

Tightropes and safety nets: Supporting practice

Chapter Overview

We have now identified many of the ‘tightropes’ of working with suicide risk. This chapter considers some of the professional ‘safety nets’ that the counsellor can use to support their work and practice decisions. Drawing on the information contained in previous chapters, counsellors can use suicide risk factors to help inform decisions, and appropriate record keeping to ensure that decisions are fully accounted for, thus enabling them to remain client focused.

As has been discussed in previous chapters, the ‘terror’ of suicide – anxiety, fear, sleeplessness, nightmares, a sense of professional incompetence and impotence – can be present for most counsellors, some of the time, when working with suicidal clients (I would actually argue ...

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