When confronted by risk it is common for us to lose the ability to think. This book offers a broad, realistic and grounded approach to thinking about risk. Risk is looked at from the vantage point of what is risky for the client and also for the therapist. The use of client vignettes and reflective exercises enable the reader to engage directly with their attitudes, feelings and also their responsibilities towards clients exhibiting risky behaviour. The book also embraces issues related to self- harm and risk in the context of mental health.
In Working with Risk in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Reeves has provided an engaging, lucid and comprehensive exploration of a “multidimensional view of risk”, posing critical questions and drawing substantially from clinical material in order to examine the nuances of this crucial concept. An invaluable resource for trainees and seasoned practitioners alike, the book combines a broad range of both practical and philosophical concerns, succinctly addressing a wealth of detail in order to elucidate our understanding.
As Andrew Reeves points out, the term ‘risk’ is often used in our profession but is rarely defined with any clarity or depth. He offers useful definitions for the term and works systematically through a broad range of issues that might arise when working with risk in counselling and psychotherapy. As well as exploring the potential harm represented by risk Reeves also acknowledges the significance of positive risk taking within counselling and psychotherapy.
This is a well-structured book which deals with the following classes of risks: Situational; relational; contextual; professional; and personal... For anyone interested in the area, this is a good resource, fully up-to-date.
Working with Risk is one in a series of books entitled 'Essential Issues in Counselling and Psychotherapy'. It covers the key essential issues around risk and I would strongly recommend it as essential reading, particularly for students in training, recently qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those who are more experienced.
An important subject in clinical practice, this book is easy to read and informative making it a good academic resource for trainee counsellors. Each chapter addresses an important aspect to consider when thinking about and working with Risk in clinical practice. The addition of clinical vignettes are invaluable in bringing the different themes alive and in guiding the reader to further expand new ways of reviewing their attitudes in working with Risk.
A great book for both qualified and trainee counsellors.
Very informative book giving the reader much to reflect on when considering ethical questions regarding risk. Well written, easy to read. I was able to go to different chapters and select reading appropriate for cyclic reading.
This is an easy to access to the point book in a much needed area for trainees and experienced counsellors/psychotherapists.
A good book , giving areass of risk to be aware of and reasons why assessments are important. Informative and very useful for learners looking at legislation, contracting and boundaries as well as ethical considerations.
An excellent practical resource that provides support through ex0planation, information and practical steps that can be taken when faced with risk in the therapy room.
This is a well-structured book; readable yet well-referenced. The extensive use of sub-headings, bullet points and case examples makes for an attractive presentation. It is a practice-up rather than theory-down book, which will appeal to practitioners. The main development for the next edition might be to seek a stronger theoretical model and research base, perhaps by looking at risk and decision making in allied fields.
This is essential reading for any counselling practitioner training course. It brings together different notions of risk and treads a well-thought-out line between offering solid practical information and prompting the reader to take responsibility for considering how to manage risk in their particular context. It is a valuable resource for tutors and learners alike.
This excellent and invaluable book fills an information gap in this crucial area. It covers neglected topics such as how to respond to a client who is in danger of harming others and how to work with mental health crises. I would highly recommend this book to trainers and students alike.
An excellent exposition of risk and how to work with its many manifestations. The author moves beyond the simplistic binary opposition which often views patients either as at risk or not at risk and instead considers the phenomena in a richer more textured "multi-dimensional" manner. Invaluable.
An excellent resource book to keep in our library for reference purposes
This title is also available on SAGE Knowledge, the ultimate social sciences online library. If your library doesn’t have access, ask your librarian to start a trial.