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 Ethical Imperative of Suicide

The ethical imperative of suicide

Chapter Overview

The purpose of this chapter is to consider how counsellors work with suicidal clients within an ethical context. Using the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2007) as a benchmark for ethical standards, the chapter will consider aspects of the Ethical Framework as a means of constructing principles for good practice.

A large number of counsellors who work in the UK will be members of a professional association. At the time of writing, counselling and psychotherapy are not statutorily regulated professions, although it is anticipated that within the next five years this will take place. For many years professional organizations have supported practitioners in developing good standards, ...

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