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 7: Confidentiality, Capacity and Consent
Confidentiality, Capacity and Consent
The work of counsellors is determined not only by professional codes of practice and ethical requirements, but also by legislative considerations. Working with suicidal clients can be particularly demanding for the counsellor in ensuring they maintain a balance between respecting a client's rights to autonomy and confidentiality and ensuring their safety. This chapter aims to provide an overview of three aspects of working with suicidal clients that can be particularly problematic: confidentiality capacity and consent.
As is discussed throughout this book, the work of counsellors with suicidal clients is influenced by many factors: the presentation of the client; the countertransferential responses of the counsellor; the organization in which counselling takes place; any procedural or guidance documents of that ...