chapter  5
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Psychotherapy for Suicidal Clients

In many discussions of counseling for suicidal clients, the level of analysis does not proceed much beyond the training given to nonprofessional crisis counselors working at suicide prevention centers, training that focuses on active listening (person-centered therapy), assessment of resources, and formulation of a plan for action. Rudestam (1985-86) observed that a crisis-oriented approach is rarely useful for chronically suicidal clients, whose level of functioning has been quite poor throughout most of their life. Such clients need long-term psychotherapy.