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ACA279 - Affective Constellations for Countertransference Awareness Following a Client's Suicide Attempt

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Standard: $32.00
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Effective counseling with suicidal clients requires the development and maintenance of a strong therapeutic alliance. However, unmanaged countertransference (CT) can inhibit the alliance. This article provides strategies for enhancing CT awareness in counselors to support alliance building with clients after a client suicide attempt. The authors define CT in the context of suicide, introduce affective constellations as a method for CT awareness, and apply the methodto a case vignette. A figure for self-reflection and supervision is provided.


  1. Examine strategies for enhancing countertransference awareness in counselors working with suicidal clients
  2. Explore affective constellations as a method for countertransference awareness


  • Jenny Cureton, MEd, Consultant, LPC in private practice, Colorado Dept of Education, Self-employed (Evolutions Counseling)

Category: JCD Article


  • 1.00 - Clock Hours
  • 1.00 - NBCC
  • 3.00 - CRCC
  • 1.00 - Ohio Hours

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