- Assessing potential for harm: Would your patient injure himself or others
Assessing potential for harm: Would your patient injure himself or others
Area: Risk assessment
Based on APA Dictionary of Psychology (2020) *: “Clinical risk assessment is a clinician-based prediction of the likelihood that an individual will pose a threat to others or engage in a certain behaviour (e.g., violence) within a given period. Unlike actuarial risk assessment, a specific formula or weighting system using empirically derived predictors is not applied. Instead, clinicians make predictions of dangerousness or violent behaviour primarily on the basis of their own experience, reasoning, and judgment; their observations, examination, and psychological testing of the individual; and information obtained from his or her life history.”(*Retrieved from: https://dictionary.apa.org/clinical-risk-assessment)The specific resource includes a series of case studies that could be adapted to training environments for group discussions, analysis, etc. Also, it could be useful for self-study.
Charles Scott, 2009
Type of resource
open accessible link
Understanding the balance between protective and risk factors for individuals. (Link to the assessment of the risk of harming themselves or the others).
The audience could be different kind of Youth Workers or professionals, who work on the field of health care (in general), or in mental health (more specific), because the resource approaches a general perspective of risk assessment procedures within the therapeutic context (health or counselling oriented).
The activity could be modified additionally as an experiential activity within the training, in order to a) raise awareness about the risk factors and b) to promote the group discussion and active participation among the trainees.