Project Description

Working with Risk

the D.R.I.V.E.R.© Model


Approx. 6 hours – $330 per person 

Experience and evidence tells us that there are six key aspects to effective ‘working with risk’. Each of our ‘Working with Risk’ short courses focuses on one of these aspects. This course comprises all 6 short courses. It is available at a 30% discount compared to purchase of the short courses separately. This extensive course covers all 6 aspects, integrated into the D.R.I.V.E.R. © framework:

You will learn:

  • Decision Traps –
    • Why decision-making is central to working with risk
    • How ‘Cognitive Traps’ can lead to poor decisions
    • Why ‘what you see’ is NOT ‘all there is’
    • The danger of seeking confirmation
    • Biases that affect teams: Groupthink and Cognitive Dissonance
    • A simple but powerful 5-Step framework for improving your decision-making
  • Relevant Evidence –
    • 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
  • Imposed Constraints –
    • 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
  • Values –
    • How a survey of Judges showed that risk-decisions hinge on values as well as evidence
    • The ‘Two Feet Principle’ of Values and Evidence
    • How values can help rather than hinder decision-making
    • The sources of values
    • How to raise awareness of hidden values and promote better collaborative working with clients, colleagues and other services
    • How ‘promotional’ Recovery-oriented values can be integrated with ‘preventive’ risk-management values
    • 6 ways to promote values-based practice, even (or especially!) when we can’t all agree
  • Engagement –
    • The S.H.A.R.E. Approach to effective engagement
    • The vital role of ‘systems awareness’ when collaborating with others
    • The need for honesty and ‘hard conversations’
    • The basics of ‘Adaptive Work’: a values-based approach to collaborative working
    • How heightened arousal can derail thoughtful engagement
    • The need to enhance our own and others’ capacity for decision-making
  • Review, Revision and Reflective Practice –
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