Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Clarice Staff

Second Advisor

Laura Boisen

Third Advisor

Joseph Club


Suicide is often described as an occupational hazard of working as a therapist because of the potential impact it has on the therapist. Using a qualitative design, five therapists were interviewed to explore their experiences of dealing with client suicide. The results were related to the theories of cognitive appraisal of stress, the theory of cognitive adaptation, and constructivist self development theory. Findings of the present study indicate that, the suicide of a client can have profound effects upon the therapist's personal and professional 1ife. Therapists found that agencies lack protocol for client suicide, often leaving the therapist feeling unprepared and alienated.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Hilgers.JGR

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