Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

9 p.

Publication Date

10-2006

Publisher

American Psychological Association

Source Publication

Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

Source ISSN

0735-7028

Abstract

Client suicide is often an extraordinarily painful process for clinicians, especially those still in training. Given their training status, supervisees may look to their graduate programs and supervisors for guidance and support when such an event occurs. This study qualitatively examined the experiences of 13 prelicensure doctoral supervisees regarding their client's suicide. Findings suggest that these supervisees received minimal graduate training about suicide and that support from others, including supervisors, helped them cope with their client's death. Supervisors are advised to normalize and process supervisees' experiences of client suicide. Implications for training and practice are discussed.

Comments

Accepted version. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 37, No. 5 (October 2006): 547-555. DOI. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

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