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.
Dr Andrew Reeves is a Senior BACP Counsellor/Psychotherapist with over 30 years' experience of working in a range of settings as a social worker and therapist. He has experience of working in child protection, with children and families, adult mental health, schools and higher education. He additionally works as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chester on the professional doctorate programme and is a successful freelance trainer. He has written extensively, publishing several books and many articles, primarily around working with risk in counselling and psychotherapy, his specialist research area. He was Editor-in-Chief of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal for nearly six years, and has been Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy since 2014.
Introduction What do we mean by risk? Risk assessment: talking and ticking boxes Working with a risk of suicide Working with self-injury and self-harm The danger of violence and harm to others Safeguarding and child protection Mental health crisis: danger and opportunity Using supervision to manage risks in the therapeutic process Positive risk taking Conclusion: bringing it together