The Ethical Issue of Competence in Working With the Suicidal Patient
Ethics and Behavior. 1992; 2(2): 75-89.
In this article, I discuss the ethical need for competence in the assessment and management of the suicidal patient, and further suggest that this specific competence be considered a routine element in professional psychological practice. I also argue that this particular competence necessitates adequate training in working with this high-risk population, as well as the need for every clinician to personally evaluate her or his own technical and personal competencies to work with suicidal patients before beginning independent practice activities in clinical situations wherein he or she may be called on to evaluate or treat a suicidal patient. This article concludes with a discussion of specific ethical dilemmas (e.g., the issue of confidentiality), and a list of suggestions for specific competencies in working with the suicidal patient is provided.
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