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ERIC Number: EJ909345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0306-9885
Working with Clients Who Engage in Self-Harming Behaviour: Experiences of a Group of Counsellors
Fox, Claudine
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, v39 n1 p41-51 Feb 2011
This study aimed to explore the experiences of a group of counsellors regarding working with clients who engage in self-harming behaviour, in order to gain an understanding of what it is like to work with this client group. A series of six individual, semi-structured qualitative interviews were carried out, which were then transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. Counsellors' experiences were characterised by a number of themes, including the "nature of self-harm," in terms of severity and vividness of description, "stopping self-harm," incorporating social norms and therapeutic outcome, and "organisational issues" around balancing expectations from the agency, managing risk, and the counsellors' own working. Findings suggest that working with clients who self-harm raises significant challenges for counsellors in relation to organisational policy and/or context, the impact that working with this client group may have on the therapist themselves, while the issue of stopping self-harm, and how this might be communicated to the client, raises implications for the therapeutic relationship. Here, the supervisory relationship may offer an invaluable resource. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom