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 2: What Do We Mean by Risk?
What Do We Mean by Risk?
This chapter will consider definitions of risk informed by the general usage of the term, but also how we might understand risk in the context of the therapeutic process. We will look at how risk is typically perceived as a possibility of danger, but we will also look at the opportunities that can be inherent in risk for therapeutic insight and change and set a conceptual understanding for later chapters in the book.
It is surprising when you begin to read around the concept of risk how little attention is actually given in the literature to defining it. It seems to be a word whose meaning we take for granted, without ever really digging ...