Exploring counsellors’ experiences of working with suicidal clients, with particular focus on the issue of responsibility

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/311304
Title:
Exploring counsellors’ experiences of working with suicidal clients, with particular focus on the issue of responsibility
Authors:
Whitfield, Michael J.
Abstract:
A qualitative study is presented revisiting the work of Reeves and Mintz (2001) in exploring the experiences of counsellors working with suicidal clients and extending the focus to the issue of locus of responsibility. Following a review of the literature, semi-structured interviews were undertaken with six experienced counsellors currently or recently working with suicidal clients. These were recorded, transcribed and the material analysed using the constant comparative method (Maykut & Morehouse, 1994) to yield twelve categories representing participants experience. Themes emerging included: the impact of training, experience and organisational context, issues of client autonomy and professional responsibility, contrasting thoughts and feelings of counsellors when clients disclose suicidal feelings, ways counsellors seek to work with suicidal clients whilst dealing with their own feelings and finally, the locus of responsibility for the suicidal client and young clients especially. These are placed in context of the literature and limitations; implications for practice and further research are discussed.
Advisors:
Reeves, Andrew
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
Nov-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/311304
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorReeves, Andrewen
dc.contributor.authorWhitfield, Michael J.en
dc.date.accessioned2014-01-14T09:46:38Zen
dc.date.available2014-01-14T09:46:38Zen
dc.date.issued2011-11en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/311304en
dc.description.abstractA qualitative study is presented revisiting the work of Reeves and Mintz (2001) in exploring the experiences of counsellors working with suicidal clients and extending the focus to the issue of locus of responsibility. Following a review of the literature, semi-structured interviews were undertaken with six experienced counsellors currently or recently working with suicidal clients. These were recorded, transcribed and the material analysed using the constant comparative method (Maykut & Morehouse, 1994) to yield twelve categories representing participants experience. Themes emerging included: the impact of training, experience and organisational context, issues of client autonomy and professional responsibility, contrasting thoughts and feelings of counsellors when clients disclose suicidal feelings, ways counsellors seek to work with suicidal clients whilst dealing with their own feelings and finally, the locus of responsibility for the suicidal client and young clients especially. These are placed in context of the literature and limitations; implications for practice and further research are discussed.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.subjectcounsellorsen
dc.subjectcounselling experienceen
dc.subjectsuicideen
dc.subjectresponsibilityen
dc.subjectlimitationsen
dc.titleExploring counsellors’ experiences of working with suicidal clients, with particular focus on the issue of responsibilityen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMAen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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