Your Work with Suicidal Clients -The Essentials with Andrew Reeves

1 day 10:00am – 12:00pm 7 CPD hours

Course Brief

This Masterclass with Professor Andrew Reeves is designed explore the context of working therapeutically with clients at risk of suicide, taking into account the importance of personal views and perspectives of suicide and how they can be present in the therapeutic process. It also addresses specific ways in which therapists might actively explore suicide potential with their clients, using therapeutic discourses to inform an active engagement with risk.

The aim of this Masterclass is to explore the context of working therapeutically with clients at risk of suicide, with specific consideration of health, education, schools and independent practice settings, taking into account the importance of personal views and perspectives of suicide and how they can be present in the therapeutic process. Additionally, there will be a consideration of the literature on unacknowledged responses in working with suicide potential and how they can inhibit an exploration of risk. It will also address specific ways in which therapists might actively explore suicide potential with their clients, using therapeutic discourses to inform an active engagement with risk.

This Masterclass will run over three days on Zoom, on Tuesdays, at a convenient time in the mornings, between 10.00 and 12.00 UK time.

  • Session One: The Context of Working with Risk (2 hours)
  • Session Two: Personal and Professional Impact of Working with Suicide Risk (2 hours)
  • Session Three: Exploring Suicide Potential (2 hours)

Dr Andrew Reeves is an Associate Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health, a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist (Snr. MBACP) as well as a Fellow of BACP (FBACP) and Senior Fellow of the AdvanceHE (FAHE). You probably best know him as a former Chair of BACP.

As an Associate Professor at the University of Chester, he teaches on the DProf (professional doctorate) in Counselling and Psychotherapy / Psychological Trauma and supervise on the PhD programme. Over the years Andrew has delivered highly-regarded workshops to many thousands of therapists, psychologists, mental health workers and teachers and has a national and international reputation for delivering engaging, inclusive, insightful and humorous training workshops.

This Masterclass will run over three days, on Tuesdays, at a convenient time in the mornings, between 10.00 and 12.00 UK time.

12 January 2021

Session One: The Context of Working with Risk (2 hours)

The purpose of this session is to consider the context of working with clients at risk of suicide. Specifically, the session will consider the following key areas:

  • What is meant by ‘risk’ in the context of therapeutic and practice work
  • The importance of the working context with suicide risk, with specific consideration of health, education, schools and independent practice settings
  • Policy, procedure or guidelines: what each has to offer to inform practice
  • Risk and protective factors in working with suicide potential – help or hindrance

19 January 2021

Session Two: Personal and Professional Impact of Working with Suicide Risk (2 hours)

The purpose of this session is to consider the importance of personal views and perspectives of suicide and how they can be present – knowingly or unknowingly – in the therapeutic and practice process. Additionally, there will be a consideration of the literature on unacknowledged responses in working with suicide potential and how they can inhibit an exploration of risk. Specifically, the session will consider the following key areas:

  • The importance of practitioners understanding their own views and beliefs about suicide in relation to the therapeutic and helping process
  • An exploration of the literature surrounding the unacknowledged impact on the therapist
  • Ways in which personal responses might be present in the therapeutic process
  • How practitioners might ‘ground’ themselves sufficiently to actively engage with a therapeutic exploration of risk

26 January 2021

Session Three: Exploring Suicide Potential (2 hours)

The purpose of this session is to consider specific ways in which practitioners might actively explore suicide potential with their clients. Drawing on risk and protective factors generally, but using therapeutic discourses to inform an active engagement with risk. Specifically, the session will consider the following key areas:

  • Considering ways of asking the ‘suicide question’ such that both the practitioner and client can use that information to inform keep-safe behaviours
  • A consideration of ‘keep safe’ plans (as opposed to ‘no-harm contracts’) and their relevance to working with risk
  • How the development of a ‘keep safe’ plan with clients can be embedded into the therapeutic process
  • Reviewing risk with clients and affective communication with others, where necessary and appropriate.

This course counts as a follow up training for all SDS Students who have obtained SDS Accreditation in CBT - Level 1, 2 3 and 4.

You accreditation extends accordingly after this training.

Course Tutor

Dr Andrew Reeves
Associate Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health

An Associate Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health at the University of Chester, as well as Director, Colleges and Universities for the Charlie Waller Trust.