Countertransference Hate and Suicidal Patients Term Paper by Nicky

A discussion on countertransference hate and suicidal patients, with a focus on a case study of a suicidal school student and his counselor.
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The paper explains the concept of countertransference in a patient-therapist environment and refers to the article by "After a Suicide, Privacy on Trial" by E. Bernstein on the suicide of Chuck Mahoney and the failure of the school counselor and college officials to alert his parents regarding his dangerous, suicidal, behavior. The paper addresses the consistently poor responses to Chuck's behavior and considers the impact of client suicide on the therapist and the possibility of countertransference in this relationship.

What is Countertransference Hate?
Bernstein Article - After a Suicide, Privacy on Trial
Evidence of Consistently Poor Responses to Chuck's Pleas - Balancing the
Right to Privacy Against the Need to Prevent Chuck's March Toward Suicide
When a Client Commits Suicide The Fallout Hurts the Therapist

From the Paper:

"Again and again Bernstein presents journalistic information that clearly indicates Ms. Kondrot should have been alert enough to call Chuck's family. The counseling center's policy statement that Chuck signed allowed a school official to contact his family in the event that Chuck presented "an immediate threat" to himself and others. That should have been plenty of legal justification for Ms. Kondrot to notify the parents that their son was thinking of killing himself, because, for just one example, Chuck sent an email saying, "I hate living and I hate the prospect of going through another day...I am sad and angry and alone, alone, alone, alone..."
"Wasn't that the ideal time to use the legal loophole that Chuck had signed? How much more evidence did Ms. Kondrot need to be able to see the darkness that was enveloping Chuck? The list of doctors that Ms. Kondrot herself consulted vis-a-vis Chuck's instability, included Dr. Klions, Dr. Bresner, but they were receiving second-hand information from Ms. Kondrot. Why didn't she set up appointments with those doctors, rather than relaying information second hand? She was not even licensed to be a counselor, notwithstanding her degree in counseling. Of course during his sophomore year Ms. Kondrot had called Chuck's parents because he had said, "It seems there is not a night, before I go to bed that I do not plead to God to please not let tomorrow come, but it comes and comes" (Bernstein, p. 2). And he spent five days in psychiatric ward after that incident, so when his suicidal signs showed in the subsequent periods, Ms. Kondrot surely must have felt compelled to phone his family - and yet she did not."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bernstein, Elizabeth. (2007). After a Suicide, Privacy on Trial. The Wall Street Journal (March24, 2007),
  • Lipschitz, Hendin H., and Maltsberger, J. T. (2000). Therapists of Patients who CommittedSuicide Reported a Wide Range of Emotional Responses. American Journal of Psychiatry,Volume 4, p. 96).
  • Maltsberger, John T., and Buie, D. H. (1974). Countertransference Hate in the Treatment ofSuicidal Patients. Archives of General Psychiatry, 30(5), 625-633.
  • McAdams, Charles R., and Foster, Victoria A. (2000). Client Suicide: Its Frequency and Impacton Counselors. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 22(2), 107-121.

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