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 4: Suicide Risk Factors and Assessment
Suicide Risk Factors and Assessment
This chapter provides an overview of the research that has, for several decades, informed suicide risk factors and subsequently the development of risk assessment tools. More pertinently for counsellors, the chapter then considers the relevance of this information for counsellors in their work, and how they can integrate such knowledge into their therapeutic relationships with suicidal clients.
The challenge for counsellors who work with suicidal clients is to find a way of integrating into their practice a diversity of information that might help them assess risk and respond appropriately. For example, post-discharge care, employment status, gender and psychopathology appear to have relevance to the likelihood of heightened suicide risk, and therefore such information might help, in ...