Increasingly counsellors and psychotherapists are working with clients who experience more complex and severe forms of mental distress and disturbance. As a result, there is a greater need to consider how we might work with clients who present with risk, for example, of suicide. In this session we will explore a number of aspects of risk, with a particular focus on suicide risk. This will include thinking about both the legal and ethical dimensions of risk management. It will also focus on the process of risk assessment and aims to provide an opportunity to reflect on our own attitudes towards and feelings about risk.
Dr Rachel Freeth has worked as an NHS psychiatrist for over 25 years and she has also trained as a person-centred counsellor. For a number of years she has been delivering workshops to counsellors and psychotherapists on subjects related to psychiatry and mental health. Please see www.rachelfreeth.com for details of her publications, including her latest book ‘Psychiatry and Mental Health. A guide for counsellors and psychotherapists’ (PCCS Books; 2020).