95. 9. When you talk to the parent or guardian, ask him or her to take possession and responsibility immediately for the child. 96. 10. When the parent or guardian arrives, explain to him or her that you believe that the child may be at risk for suicide, give specific details that led to your concern, instruct the parent or guardian of what he or she should do next, and ask that a document be signed Theodore P. Remley, Jr., JD, PhD, LPC, LMFT ∞ Our Lady of Holy Cross College ∞ New Orleans, Louisiana ∞ [email protected] ∞ Page 23
that acknowledges that the parent or guardian has been informed of your concerns, has been given directions of steps to take next, and has agreed to take responsibility for his or her child. Also, have the parent or guardian sign a form giving you permission to disclose any information you have to mental health professionals who may evaluate or treat their child in the future. 97. 11. Explain to the parent or guardian that he or she must insure that the child is not left alone, does not have any opportunities to harm himself or herself, and is taken for an evaluation as soon as possible to determine whether the child is at risk for suicide. 98. 12. If a parent or guardian refuses to sign the document or communicates to you in some way that he or she will not take the situation seriously, notify your supervisor and make a report of suspected child neglect. 99. 13. As events occur, document in your case notes in detail all of the events that transpired in relation to this situation. Be sure to date each entry and indicate the time you wrote it. Make several entries if necessary, and do not delay in writing details in your case notes. 100. 14. When the child returns to you or your agency or school for services, obtain written permission from a parent or guardian to contact the professional who determined that the child was not at risk for suicide, or was no longer at risk for suicide. 101. 15. Contact you’re the child’s treating physician, psychologist, or mental health provider and explain that his or her patient or client has returned to you or your agency or school for services. Ask the treating provider to summarize his or her evaluation and treatment of the child. Inquire as to whether the provider will continue to treat the child, and if so, the details of the planned treatment. Also ask the treating provider the types of counseling services he or she would like for you to provide to the child. Do not agree to provide any counseling services that your position does not allow you provide (especially in a school setting). Ask the provider to tell you the circumstances under which you should return the child to him or her for further evaluation or treatment. 16. As soon as possible after you have talked to the provider, document in your case notes details of your conversation. Be sure to date the entry and indicate the time you wrote it.
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