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

Developing Procedures and Guidance

Developing procedures and guidance

Chapter Overview

Many counsellors who work in organizations see suicidal clients in the context of an organizational policy or guidance document. This chapter considers the benefits and difficulties that may arise through the existence of such documents, and identifies elements that might usefully be included in procedural guidance to help support practice.

Given that most, if not all, counselling organizations will offer support to clients who present at suicide risk at some point, there is an increasing trend for those organizations to develop policy or procedural guidance to inform their employees when working with suicide risk. Statutory services, such as health trusts or social services, have traditionally worked to clear policy around risk. However, the development of suicide risk policy ...

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