Yes, in Texas.
Maybe I should be a little more specific with my question (and also ask if it's an ok question - on topic). The Lifespring training mentioned an excersize where people are on a lifeboat and have straws to give to save lives. My previously suicidal friend believes this type excersize helped him a great deal. I personally can see no value in the Red/Black game, but I've never done it.
Are there single pieces of the various LGATs that are useful? Likewise, which are most damaging?
Just curious - I realize it's a little off-topic.
You can ask as many questions as you like. But I have to posit a few first in order to establish a background for answering yours.
You have a suicidal friend doing an exercise that had a 50/50 chance of success, given his predisposition, other factors I don't know not withstanding. And I imagine there are quite a few factors.
Here's my question Padwan: You have a treatment option with a suicidal client that has a 50/50 chance of success, and if it is successful or unsuccessful, you don't have data supporting either.
If it fails, have you followed your ethical prime directive?
The master's program you're in teaches person-centered therapy and I understand you have a big staff and a big program.
What is your prime directive on techniques you are not formally trained in?
If your answer contradicts my first question, you have an ethical dilemma. Given the LPC track, your malpractice and liability coverage is a lot lower than psychaitrists...and your board can sanction you much harsher than anyone with a PhD, PsyD, or MD. Or a LCSW for that matter.
So you have to tread carefully. You don't have the luxury of, "fucking up," to use the common parlance.
If you've read this far, you understand now the gravity of delving into LGAT techniques. I'm an APA member...you may want to research this per their dictum in the early part of the decade and get your doctorate. You're going to max out at 40K with a license in Texas and it's going to be like counseling with a straight-jacket on. Maybe not after the 6 month hump, but just when one gets comfortable, it has been my understanding that error of judgement creeps in.
I also imagine if your ran this by a neutral, non-LGAT LPC supervisor and asked her her thoughts about this, and explaining the framework the exercise came from...you would be corrected during supervison.
You'll be doing sessions, individual and group, either tape recorded or videotaped per licensure. You will be critiqued. You will have to provide rationale for treatment. In the hypothetical 50/50 chance with someone similar to your friend, but a client (where you have less information), can you stand face to a wrongful death lawsuit?
Provide me a detailed response to the points I've mentioned above.