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
Chapter 17: Good Practice for Self-Support
Good Practice for Self-Support
This chapter considers the ethical importance of self-care when counselling suicidal clients, and reflects on what support might be required in the event of client suicide. A ‘chain of care’ approach is suggested (Reeves and Nelson, 2006), with the development of a menu of support options that counsellors could consider. The different needs of independent practitioners are discussed, with various options for how self-care might be integrated into day-to-day practice decisions.
We have talked at various stages throughout the chapters of this book of the profound impact that working with suicidal clients, as well as client suicide, can have on the counsellor. Indeed, it is because of the profundity of this impact that counsellors might inadvertently absent themselves ...