Treating a suicidal patient is especially challenging to the beginning clinician. The uncertainties of a relationship with a self-destructive individual may complicate the young therapist’s development. The trainee may feel the need to be immediately proficient in the development of various skills, including evaluation techniques, knowledge of predictors of risk, crisis intervention, and long-term psychotherapy. At the same time, he must struggle with a range of intense feelings elicited by these difficult patients. This chapter will review the beginning therapist’s response to the stress of treating suicidal individuals and will describe approaches toward effective supervision and training.
KeywordsSuicidal Behavior Suicidal Patient Intense Feeling Suicidal Individual Young Therapist
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