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Impact of client suicide on social workers and counselors [2018]

Recent studies on the impact of client suicide on mental health professionals focus on psychiatrists and psychologists, while,in the current mental health system in our country, most clients receive services from other clinicians. This research focuses on the impact of client suicide on social workers and counselors as well as organizational responses to client suicide/attempt. Data were collected via interviews and survey of 121 clinicians. Client suicide impacts clinicians adversely in many ways. Many participants felt their agency/practice could have done more to support them during post-suicide management. Data presented in this report have the potential to aid in the creation of needed workforce development initiatives.

R. Thomas Sherba, PhD, MPH, Jessica V. Linley, PhD, MSW, Kathryn A. Coxe, MSW & Beth E. Gersper, MPA
Social Work in Mental Health, 30 Nov 2018
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