Client suicide: Its frequency and impact on counselors

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  • Foster V
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Examined the frequency of client suicide and its impact on professional counselors in practice and in training. 376 counselors (average age 47.9 yrs) completed the Impact of Events Scale (M. Horowitz et al, 1979) and provided information regarding their experience of client suicide and its on their professional and personal lives. Results show that 89 Ss had experienced the suicide of a client under their care. Within that group, 24% were student counselors at the time of the suicide. Those who had encountered client suicide were consistently divided among a variety of specialties and settings. Ss reported a moderate to moderately high impact of the client suicide, and experienced intrusive thoughts, intensified dreaming, and feelings of anger and guilt. Those who were student counselors at the time of the suicide experienced more intense reactions than those already in professional practice. Findings suggest that specific training in client suicide should be a routine component of the counselor educational process. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • 3430:Professional Personnel Attitudes & Characteri
  • Adulthood (18 yrs & older)
  • Clients
  • Counselor Education
  • Counselor Trainees
  • Counselors
  • Empirical Study
  • Female
  • Human
  • Male
  • Middle Age (40-64 yrs)
  • Psychotherapeutic Processes
  • Suicide
  • US
  • article
  • client suicide & impact on practice & training, pr

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  • Charles R McAdams III

  • Victoria A Foster

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