Listening Is Key I was delighted to read the recent letter of Susan Cella (“The Importance of Listening,” July 31), in which she gave herself permission to listen to a client rather than refer to a mental health professional. We must, as a profession, remember that grief is not pathology. We need to ... Inbox
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Listening Is Key
The ASHA Leader, September 2012, Vol. 17, 36. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.17112012.36
The ASHA Leader, September 2012, Vol. 17, 36. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.17112012.36
I was delighted to read the recent letter of Susan Cella (“The Importance of Listening,” July 31), in which she gave herself permission to listen to a client rather than refer to a mental health professional. We must, as a profession, remember that grief is not pathology. We need to create the conditions, by nonjudgmental listening, to promote the emotional safety that enables our clients to express their grief. We cannot injure clients by listening and validating their pain, but we can potentially harm our clients by needlessly referring clients to mental health professionals because of our own felt inadequacy.
David Luterman Amesbury, Massachusetts
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