The wide-ranging contexts in which counselling and psychotherapy is now practiced means clients present with a range of risks that therapists have to respond to. Risk is an ever-present issue for counsellors and psychotherapists and, in an increasingly litigious culture, the need for trainees to develop a sound understanding of how the right tools and the right knowledge can support their practice has never been greater. In this book Andrew Reeves takes trainees, newly qualified practitioners, and more experienced practitioners step-by-step through what is meant by risk, offering practical hints and tips and links to policy and research to inform good ethical practice along the way.
This book tackles: The definition of risk and how risk is linked to social, psychological and relational factors; Working with those who are at risk of suicide, self-injury, self-harm and/or are an endangerment to others; How therapists should respond to the risk in situations involving child protection, mental health crises, and in the therapeutic process itself; The positive side of risk-taking; How counsellors and psychotherapists can work with risk proactively and positively, informed by research.
Filled with case studies, ethical dilemmas, reflective questions, discussion questions and further reading, this book offers counsellors and psychotherapists guidance on how they can work with risk proactively and positively. It is an essential resource for all services, organisations and individual practitioners.
Chapter 11: Conclusion: Bringing It Together
Conclusion: Bringing It Together
The purpose of this chapter is to bring together the key messages from the book, summarising the areas of risk that might present in counselling and psychotherapy and offering some good practice indicators. The chapter will additionally contain some useful reflective questions to help you to consider your own practice and how you work with risk, as well as potential areas for development.
In approaching writing this text I wondered what was to be gained in producing a book that looked at risk more generally and how might that contribute to professional practice. I deliver lots of training around working with specific areas of risk and am very aware of how risk is often responded to with a ...