My thought tornado went something like this: My clients are trying to stay sober, but inevitably they will experience some conflict with another, and this poses a threat to their sobriety. But what if they’re able to see which state they tend to interact from and are being interacted with – might this help decrease the frequency of conflict and facilitate its resolution? I can show them the life scripts/life positions, and maybe this can get them exploring if their substance use is contributed to by how they see themselves in the world and in relation to others! And if they can see this, then maybe they can change the script that isn’t working!
This is the one disclosure that wasn’t even close to being on my radar. I figure, if someone truly wants to kill another, they’re not likely to foil their own plan by talking to someone who would oppose it and be mandated to report – they’d probably either just do it, or they’d keep the thought to themselves until it passes. But, as mandated reporters, counselors can’t just sit back à-la-Rogerian, listen, and hope such thoughts dissipate from a client’s mind and into the ether.