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

The Influence of Policy and the Prediction—Prevention Culture

The influence of policy and the prediction—prevention culture

Chapter Overview

This chapter examines recent UK policy on suicide reduction and its implications for counselling with suicidal clients. Key UK prevention strategies are outlined in: the Suicide Prevention Strategy for England (Department of Health, 2002); Choose Life: A National Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent Suicide in Scotland (Scottish Executive, 2002); Protect Life – A Shared Vision: The Northern Ireland Suicide Prevention and Action Plan (DHSSPS, 2006); and Talk To Me: A National Action Plan to Reduce Suicide and Self Harm in Wales 2008–2013 (Welsh Assembly, 2008). The concept of the prediction-prevention culture is introduced and discussed.

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