M6 Discussion: A Suicidal Teen

Readings

The Elements of Counseling Children and Adolescents: Chapter 6
Play Therapy with Children and Adolescents in Crisis:Chapters 16 and 18
Suicide: What Therapists Need to Know by Lisa Firestone

Imagine that you are a counselor in an afterschool drop-in center. You have known 16-year-old Anthony for about a year, as he regularly comes to the center to play basketball and video games with his friends. You have noticed that he has been coming in less frequently in the last two months and, when he is at the center, he is quiet and appears angry or sad. One afternoon, Anthony tells you that his parents are divorcing and his father is moving out of state. He says he feels like his world is falling apart and he might be better off dead.

Main Response
Based on what you have learned in this module, develop a main response in which you address the following:

What are some steps that you would take to help Anthony?
What legal and ethical issues might come up in this situation?
In your post, refer specifically to the required reading and other relevant sources.

Last Updated on February 27, 2018