Suicide prevention: critical elements for managing suicidal clients and counselor liability without the use of a no-suicide contract

Death Stud. 2005 Nov;29(9):847-65. doi: 10.1080/07481180500236776.

Abstract

Despite its entrenchment as a standard of practice, no-suicide contracts fail to achieve their purpose as an effective part of treatment or as an effective method of inoculating counselors against potential lawsuits should a client commit suicide. Critical elements for managing suicidal clients and counselor liability without reliance on the no-suicide contract are presented. Therapeutic considerations include evaluating clients to determine (a) no referral for hospitalization needed, (b) referral for voluntary hospitalization, or (c) referral for involuntary hospitalization.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Contracts / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Contracts / statistics & numerical data
  • Documentation
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Liability, Legal*
  • Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Management*
  • Suicide / prevention & control*
  • United States