Andrew Reeves considers the science of working with suicide potential. Risk factors and risk assessment forms have increasingly dominated practice over the last two decades. 

While such approaches have much to offer, the tendency has been for services to rely too heavily on their predictive accuracy at the expense of a more explorative approach.  In the context of practitioner anxiety about the potential for suicide, and talking about suicide, the danger of a dialogic chasm appearing between those considering suicide, and those offering supportive interventions, is very real. 

Andrew considers how you might use a full range of approaches in exploring suicide potential and how, in that context, many clients can be re-positioned to a safer place. 

Presenter profile

Dr Andrew Reeves is a BACP senior accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with over 30 years’ experience of working in secondary care mental health services (as a psychiatric social worker and therapist), and in education, in schools and universities.  He has supervised therapists in a range of settings for many years.

He is Director of Universities and Further Education for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, and a senior lecturer in counselling, psychotherapy and psychological trauma at the University of Chester. He has published widely in the area of suicide prevention, including three books on the subject and numerous chapters and journal articles.

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Suicide exploration: Approaching suicide risk from a dialogic position (ppt 491 KB)

Suicide exploration: Approaching suicide risk from a dialogic position (pdf 394 KB)

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The scenario video included in Andrew's presentation is credited to the University of Leicester.