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A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of a Suicide Crisis Intervention Counselor: Becoming a Counselor Resembling Maternal Instinct

  • Journal of Korean Hyo Studies
  • 2022, (36), pp.45-69
  • DOI : 10.34228/khyosa.2022.36.45
  • Publisher : The Korean Hyo Studies Association
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : November 30, 2022
  • Accepted : December 24, 2022
  • Published : December 31, 2022

Lee, Hyun Joo 1 Kim Soo Jin 2

1임청산한의원 부설상담실 상담실장
2성산효대학원대학교

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ABSTRACT

Background: South Korea continues to witness the rising trend of suicide and still keeps the dishonor of ranking No. 1 in the number of suicides among the member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD). As the suicide rates are increasing, counselors making an intervention in a crisis case at counseling sites are having huge psychological difficulties, as well. Objective: This study will examine the life stories of a professional that had a professional sense of vocation for interventions for the high crisis case of suicide and was active in the field, promoting an in-depth understanding of her experiences through a narrative inquiry into the process of overcoming indirect traumas and moving forward to growth. Methodology/Approach: A narrative inquiry, one of the qualitative methodologies, was carried out to understand the life experiences of a single research participant as a counselor making a suicide crisis intervention. A narrative inquiry is to understand human experiences, reorganizing the unique life of a research participant based on his stories deriving from his relations with the investigator and thus examining meanings in the organized stories. Results/Conclusion: First, the participant went through a process of finding the meanings of his life and his vocation in his life of pain as he made growth and consolidated his position as a counseling professional for suicide crisis interventions. And secondly, the participant always had his mother's warmth in the process of his vicarious traumas, post-traumatic growth, and search for the meanings of his life and his vocation, thus being able to discover a vocation of becoming a counselor conveying the stability of maternal instinct. His vocation of making more active crisis interventions was solidified as his mother's huge support and encouragement crossed with the pain of the mother of a suicide attempter. Implications: The study is meaningful in that it reveals the vulnerability of suicide crisis intervention counseling, enables to understand the growth of a counselor through competitive pain, and illuminates the necessity for total efforts to support and educate suicide crisis intervention counseling.

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