Project Description

Working with Risk

Working with the Relevant Evidence

90 minutes – $87 (inclusive of GST) per person

Research over the past three decades has greatly advanced our understanding of risk in mental health, particularly with respect to concerns about suicide, self-harm and violence. In this short course, we summarise the evidence base and provide practical guidance as to how to use this knowledge in everyday practice.

You will learn:

  • How to think about risk in a way that is sophisticated but straightforward
  • The nature of key risk constructs: time-frame; likelihood; impact; magnitude
  • Why risk factors and protective factors are central to working with risk
  • What the evidence base tells us about risk and protective factors for suicide, self-harm and violence
  • How to develop risk formulations that make sense, using the 4 P’s: Predisposing, Precipitating, Perpetuating and Protective factors
  • A useful way of thinking about ‘high’, ‘medium’ and ‘low’ risk
  • How to work collaboratively with your clients to anticipate the future and hence manage risk in a way that is integrated with broader care considerations
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