Research on Counselors and Client Safety

Research on Counselors and Client Safety

Shayne Taylor

Introduction to Mental Health Counseling

Capella University

Dr. Bob

November 13, 2013

This paper addresses several different article reviews on counselor safety and client safety in a crisis situation. It includes the many approaches used by clinical mental health counselors across a range of mental health delivery systems. It provides examples of the roles and responsibilities of counselors providing services to clients of diverse ages, backgrounds, and exceptional abilities, including strategies for differentiated interventions; and counselors ensure that interventions "fit" for diverse clients are also explained. The roles of the clinical mental health counselors in both providing and seeking professional consultation are also given. Examples of times when a clinical mental health counselor might be asked to provide consultation as well as times when a clinical mental health counselor is likely to seek professional consultation are discussed. The concern of the how the quality and accessibility of clinical mental health services are affected by local, state, and national public policies potentially.

It is essential that crisis workers continually keep client safety at the forefront of all crisis intervention methods. Client safety may be defined simply as diminishing the physical and psychological danger to self and others. Although client safety is sometimes positioned, this is applied in a fluid way, meaning that safety is a primary consideration throughout crisis intervention. Evaluating and ensuring the client’s and others’ safety is always part of the process, whether it is excessively stated or not. It is imperious that crisis workers make the safety step a natural part of their thinking and behaving.
“The crisis worker should be available as a support person during the crisis period. Often times clients may need assistance in developing a list of possible support...