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Provide substantive response to below discussion post. ( You don’t need to use any sources for this assignment)
Discussion topic: 1) If Josh(upload file) were your real client what would concern you most about interacting with him?
2) Do you have any reservations about working with someone who is suicidal?
Discussion post:1. If Josh were your real client what would concern you most about interacting with him?
The most obvious concern I have for Josh is that his plan to potentially end his life takes place in a setting where he often uses drugs/alcohol, increasing the likelihood of making impulsive decisions, something that is common for him according to his parents. In my interactions with Josh, I would want to be sure I was maintaining his consent throughout the counseling process, particularly with the safety plan. If the counselor proceeded to tell Josh’s parents or forced a safety plan on him without his input, he or she would lose any therapeutic relationship they had with Josh, which drastically reduces the likelihood of him confiding in someone about suicidal thoughts in the future should they occur.
2. Do you have any reservations about working with someone who is suicidal?
I currently work with adolescents who are experiencing suicidal ideation as a music therapist at a pediatric medical facility. Young people experiencing a mental health crisis typically seek support at the emergency department, often leading to them waiting for placement in an inpatient treatment facility. Though I am not counseling these individuals, I am providing interventions to promote coping and expression during this interim period. At the start of my time in this role, I was often worried that a patient would become escalated during my session, and I wouldn’t know how to help. Now, as a counseling student, I am far more worried about the time in between counseling sessions, and if the client maintains safety during that time. I recognize that is an understandable concern for counselors working with individuals who are suicidal, and even then, I do have an interest in working with this population (especially adolescents) and hope to develop effective counseling skills for acute concerns like suicide.