Project Description

Working with Risk

The D.R.I.V.E.R.™ ‘Working with Risk’ Framework

6 short online courses

Provision of effective support for clients on their Recovery journey requires the workers involved to have highly developed skills in working with risk. Based on both contemporary research literature and our own combined extensive experience in the field, we have distilled these skills into 6 key domains, which together comprise the D.R.I.V.E.R.TM ‘Working with Risk’ framework.

This series of 6 short courses provides effective, practical training in each of these domains, equipping workers with the skills and knowledge required to confidently work with risk in collaboration with clients, in a way that supports both safety and Recovery.

The short courses are available as online prerecorded webinars that can be accessed from PC, MAC, tablet or smartphone and viewed at your own pace.

Decision Traps and How to Avoid Them

Effective working with risk requires high-quality, collaborative decision making. In this short course we outline the common ways in which decision-making in mental health work can be derailed by biases of various kinds. We then outline a practical method for enhancing the quality of your decision-making.

Working with the Relevant Evidence 

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 on how to apply this knowledge in everyday practice.

Working with Imposed Constraints

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

Working with Values

Working with risk requires application of the known evidence to real-world challenges. However, this is only part of the task: all risk-related work is inherently value-laden. Mental health workers, clients, teams and services show understandable diversity as to which particular values are prioritised in any given situation. In this short course we outline practical strategies for enhancing awareness of values and outline practical methods for values-based practice.

Working with Engagement, the S.H.A.R.E. Approach

Our work with ‘risk’ is always embedded within a broader system. Effective working with risk therefore involves engagement of other elements of that system. This includes (most crucially) the client but also usually extends to a broader network of colleagues, other services, carers, support persons and others. In this short course we outline a practical values-based model for engagement of stakeholders, with special emphasis on collaborative working with clients.

Review, Revision and Reflective Practice

Risk decisions are part of a dynamic process. Reviewing outcomes, revising decisions and reflecting on the impacts of our work (on both ourselves and our clients) is essential to sustainability and quality. In this short course we outline the fundamentals of such processes in the context of working with risk.