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

Training Implications for Counselling

Training implications for counselling

Chapter Overview

This chapter considers training implications for counsellors when working with suicide risk. Current counsellor training does not always seem to prepare counsellors for the challenges of working with suicide potential, including developing assessment skills, recognizing suicide risk factors, and understanding mental health systems or alternative intervention approaches. Primary competencies for counsellors in working with suicide are suggested.

The policy imperative surrounding mental health development and service delivery emphasizes the need for practitioners to be equipped to respond effectively to suicidal patients. The Report of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with a Mental Illness, a research project funded largely by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE: Appleby et al., 2001), states the importance ...

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