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 6: The Danger of Violence and Harm to Others
The Danger of Violence and Harm to Others
Suicide and self-injury/harm are often the central focus of a practitioner's concern, with generally less attention focused on harm to others. This includes emotional harm (such as threats, manipulation or coercion), as well as physical harm. How risk of violence might present in the therapeutic process, as well as in relationships beyond therapy, will be explored. Key research will be highlighted as well as known indicators for potential violence.
Risk of violence to others is something we all talk about, but also rarely talk about. The contradiction in this sentence is not an error in writing, but rather explains our response to the risk of violence to others in our ...