Counselling: Suicide and Miracle Question Essay

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ACAP Student ID: 199735

Name: Karla Balino

Course: Diploma of Counselling (CHC51708)


Unit/Module: CHC8D34V Support Clients

Educator: Bernadette Brown

Assessment Name: 2 (Apply counselling therapies to address a range of client issues)

Assessment Number: 2

Term & Year: Term 3 / 2012

Word Count: Part 1200 words.


I declare that this assessment is my own work, based on my own personal research/study . I also declare that this assessment, nor parts of it, has not been previously submitted for any other unit/module or course, and that I have not copied in part or whole or otherwise plagiarised the work of another student and/or persons. I have read the ACAP
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If you ascertain that the risk of suicide is high, try to make a verbal agreement with Sally to contact you before she follows through with suicidal intentions again. Identifying the message Sally is trying to communicate and maybe the problem she is trying to solve through her suicidal behaviour is a helpful intervention, providing the client the opportunity to express her anger and fears.

Perhaps using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy would be a good choice to be used with Sally because of her depression and anxiety problems. Teaching Sally some relaxation techniques is very important to overcome her issues in life. To do this I need to teach her some breathing exercises, this will also help Sally centre on the present life. She doesn’t need to be surrounded by negative thoughts, so to help her focus and clear her state of mind she needs to become aware of herself and her feelings and also helping Sally leave behind what other’s might think about her.

Used in Brief Therapy, The Miracle Question is perhaps one of the most fascinating techniques; it is a method to aid Sally to envision how the future will be different when her problems are no longer present. Also, this may help to establish goals.

A traditional version of the miracle question would go like this:

The miracle question requires considerable skill. As a counsellor you can show your client a bright future but if

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