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Negatively though, some clients may feel a sense of loss associated with termination, as well as feelings of rejection or abandonment by the worker. In turn, in anticipation of the client’s reactions and feelings, the worker may experience a sense of disappointment and failure in certain scenarios. Siebold (2007) states, “ in ending, not only do we recognize the limits of our ability to help, but we also may experience the way that we are a source of the client’s hurt”(p. 93). One skill that can be helpful in helping address the client’s potentially negative feelings is to adequately plan for termination early in the therapeutic relationship so that the clieng has time work through any feelings of loss and attachment that may occur during treatment. For the worker, one of the best tools and resources available would be to discuss their own negative feelings in supervision or work through them with a trusted colleague. References: Kirst-Ashman, K. K., & Hull, G. H., Jr. (2018). Understanding generalist practice (8th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning. Siebold, C. (2007). Everytime we say goodbye: Forced termination revisited, a commentary. Clinical Social Work Journal, 35(2), 91–95. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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