Confidentiality When Dealing with Suicidal Client

Confidentiality When Dealing with Suicidal Client

What is your legal and ethical responsibility when working with a  client who is seriously contemplating suicide? Suppose you are faced  with a terminally ill client in the advanced stage of illness who is in a  great deal of physical pain. The client indicates to you in a calm,  reasonable way that she is going to drive out to an isolated spot in a  state park, drink a thermos of margaritas, put on her favorite CD, take  out her 9mm automatic, get out of the car, go sit under her favorite  tree, make an audio tape telling her family how much she loves them and  how she does not want to be a burden on them and then kill herself.

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

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