Project Description

Working with Risk

Working with Imposed Constraints


There is generally a substantial gap between the ‘real world’ and the ‘ideal world’ when working with risk in mental health services. In this short course we address the challenge of real-world constraints that are inevitably imposed when we apply our learnings at the coal-face.


You will learn:

  • The importance of clinical, contextual and legal constraints
  • Why constraints need to be made overt, documented and discussed rather than hidden away or ignored
  • Duty of Care: practice myths and legal realities
  • How the law of negligence can help to guide robust, client-centred practice
  • The importance of considering ‘capacity’ in therapeutic risk-taking
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