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 19: Concluding Thoughts
This chapter provides concluding thoughts for counsellors to consider in their work with suicidal clients. It summarizes the main areas covered in this book, and asks questions about future development that might support counsellors in working with suicide risk.
As I have been writing this book, I have been reflecting more on the moment-by-moment process in a counselling session with a suicidal client. It some ways it is like taking apart a watch, or looking inside the world of the human body. In its entirety, the experience is of something that just happens: you look at the watch and can tell the time, or eat some food when you notice the physical sensation of hunger. Yet, behind the apparent simplicity of the ...