Working With a Suicidal Client

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Working With a Suicidal Client

Individuals diagnosed with depressive disorders and bipolar and related disorders are at risk for attempting and committing suicide. Therefore, it is important to accurately assess a client's risk for suicidal and/or homicidal tendencies. To maintain a high level of care and plan appropriate treatment, you should always consider the risk of suicide/homicide in clients with depressive disorders and bipolar and related disorders. This is true even when a client does not routinely entertain thoughts of suicide/homicide or when such issues are not the specific focus of the counseling session.

To prepare:

  • Review this week's Learning Resources.
  • Focus on one of 3 cases ("A Successful Total Failure", "Jennifer" or “Sped Up and Out of Control” ) in Chapter 7 of the text.
  • Consider the client’s potential risk for suicide/homicide.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 a brief summary of one of 3 cases mentioned above. Construct and explain your diagnosis. Identify which disorders you would want to rule out. Explain what potential risks for suicide/homicide may be present with this client and how you would make this determination. Explain your recommendations for treatment, ongoing assessment, and follow-up with the client. Explain any challenges that might occur and how you might address them.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

Working With a Suicidal Client
Working With a Suicidal Client
Working With a Suicidal Client

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School: Cornell University


Surname 1
Student’s Name:
Professor’s Name:
Sophie’s Diagnosis
The case selected for this paper is the ‘A successful total failure’ scenario involving
Sophie. She is a junior college student that demonstrates excellence in her class by getting A’s in
all her classes. She has a boyfriend, a relationship that has been going on for 2 years, and is
outgoing, demonstrated by her other relationships. However, when her boyfriend leaves her, she
deteriorates in virtually every aspect of her life, from academics to social. She starts alcohol
abuse, and can barely stay fully sober. These reactions in her are brought about by the fact that
she feels sad, and views herself as a total failure. The diagnosis for this case, the potential for
suicide in the victim, recommendations, treatment, ongoing assessment, client follow up along
with the challenges associated with the situation are discussed in the subsequent sections.
Rain asserts that while it is normal to feel low, and sad occasionally, or even for several
hours (Rain 1-30). However, she also notes that it is a cause for concern when an individual
exhibits sadness for a significant part of their day, and days after that which interferes with their
daily activities, and their ability to function properly in society. When sadness, low esteem, and
moods are this amplified, an individual has a medical condition known as depression, and
requires medical help in the form of a proper diagnosis, and treatment. Leahy, Holland, and
McGinn, in their book, note that there are many types of depression, and diagnosing each
correctly is of paramount importance in arriving at the correct treatment plan (Leahy, Hol...

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