Explain how you would treat a suicidal client, produce ongoing assessments, and follow up with the client and Explain any challenges that might occur and how you might address them.
Working with a Suicidal Client
(1) Considering the psychological, biological, and socio-cultural factors associated with suicide, explain how you can determine whether or not a client is suicidal.
Based on the (2002) report from the Center for Disease Control, suicide is a leading cause of death among those aged 15-24 (Berman & Jobes, 1995 as cited in Rutter, 2004). The research shows that there are many aspects to human nature including individual differences, and interactions with the environment that can place a person at risk for suicide. Considering these risk factors, a counselor/practitioner may be able to determine if a client is suicidal or not. For instance, Rutter advocates the need for a combined evaluation of risk factors and demographic variables to make an accurate determination of adolescent suicide ideation. He asserts that the incidence of suicidal risk and/or thoughts is based on such variables as: (a) age, (b) race, (c) educational, (d) family background, (e) socioeconomic level, and (f) sexual orientation. Moreover, according to Rutter, factors such as substance abuse, psychological disorder, and a family history of mental illness make an individual susceptible to suicide.
Additionally, the research suggests that rates of suicidal ideation and/or completion are higher among ethnic groups than Caucasian groups (Capuzzi & Gross, 2007) ...
This solution discusses a suicidal client and considers the psychological, biological, and sociocultural factors associated with suicide.