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INSTRUCTIONS(PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS IN DETAIL…READ ONCE THEN READ AGAIN TO MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEING ASKED OF YOU PLEASE!!!!)
Suicide and Self-Harm
Suicide and self-harm may affect your clients and their loved ones. While during your ethics course, you explored your ethical and legal obligations as mandated by the AAMFT Code of Ethics, in this course you will learn about different types of self-harm and what assistance you can offer as an MFT while assessing and providing treatment for suicide and self-harm. While reading the assigned resources, consider how a systems-based or relational approach to these presenting problems may be different from those of another mental health professional (e.g., psychiatrist or psychologist).
Today you will interview a professional who works with individuals and families in crisis in order to learn from their clinical and personal experiences. Following this interview, you will be invited to begin developing a self-care plan that could be continued into your professional future to reduce your risk for vicarious trauma when working with families in crisis. As a clinician, you may be at risk for developing less adaptive patterns of coping with stress since working with those who have experienced trauma and other life crises can be particularly challenging. Particular presenting problems faced by families in crisis may also be personally triggering for some (e.g., an MFT working with an adolescent who has experienced sexual trauma when the MFT has a personal history of experiencing childhood sexual abuse).
This assignment will help you to identify your personal adaptive habits and encourage further use of these patterns of self-care in your personal and professional life so that you can continue the process of caring for yourself into your professional future. In order for MFTs to be most effective and to promote longevity in the field of working with trauma survivors and families facing crises, it is critical to be able to engage in regular self-care.
Week 9 – Assignment: Discussion Post: Examine Suicide and Families
For this discussion post, please respond to the following questions:
What are three resources (national and/or local) that you can provide to clients who are experiencing suicidal ideation?
What might lead someone to engage in self-harm?
What might lead someone to experience suicidal ideation?
How might families be impacted by the suicide of a family member?
Length: 400 Words
References: None required
The completed assignment should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts presented in the course by providing new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. The content should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards.
RESOURCES (USUALLY THE RESOURCES THAT I HAVE PROVIDED FOR YOU!!!!!)
Cutting to live: A phenomenology of self-harm
Brown, T. B., & Kimball, T. (2013). Cutting to live: A phenomenology of self-harm. Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, 39(2), 195–208.
Childhood abuse, household dysfunction, and the risk of attempted suicide throughout the life span: findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study
Dube, S. R., Anda, R. F., Felitti, V. J., Chapman, D. P., Williamson, D. F., & Giles, W. H. (2001). Childhood abuse, household dysfunction, and the risk of attempted suicide throughout the life span: findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. JAMA, 286(24), 3089–3096.
Utilizing narrative ideas when meeting with people experiencing suicidal thoughts
Pederson, L. (2014, June 21). Utilizing narrative ideas when meeting with people experiencing suicidal thoughts. [Video]. Dulwiche Centre.
Suicide disclosure in suicide attempt survivors: Does family reaction moderate or mediate disclosure’s effect on depression?
Frey, L. M., Hans, J. D., & Cerel, J. (2016). Suicide disclosure in suicide attempt survivors: Does family reaction moderate or mediate disclosure’s effect on depression? Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 46(1), 96–105.
Befrienders Worldwide. (n.d.). Suicide statistics.
The impact of suicide on the family
Cerel, J., Jordan, J. R., & Duberstein, P. R. (2008). The impact of suicide on the family. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 29(1), 38–44.