Suicide and Risk

“Working with Risk and Suicidal Ideation” with Kirsten Amis on Saturday 6th July

The day will begin with an exploration of the personal and professional experiences of suicide within the room before focusing on the assessment of risk and suicide in relation to our clients and our self.

This will be achieved by highlighting possible dilemmas and the potential impact that these may have on our practice. We will consider questions around defining and assessing risk, how risk might impact on privacy and confidentiality, and the many ways in which risk might impact on the relationship between client and therapist.

In the second half of the day we will use recorded case studies to consider the impact of suicide and risk on our relationship and contracting with clients before we update our own practice with regard to language, law, ethics and confidentiality. We end the day reflecting on how our own risk assessment process could be developed to build confidence in this area.

This workshop is suitable for both new and seasoned counsellors and psychotherapists. Participants are encouraged to bring relevant client material for discussion on the day.


Kirsten Amis completed her training as a mental health nurse in 1987 and core counselling training in 1993. She has worked continuously since then as a counsellor, lecturer in counselling, and clinical supervisor with posts within the NHS, colleges, private practice and charitable organisations.

She is a BACP accredited counsellor and trainer for both BACP and the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. She has been a full time lecturer in counselling since 1999 in addition to managing a busy counselling service in an inner city college. She also maintains a small private practice in Argyll, Scotland.

Kirsten has authored national counselling qualifications and text books including Becoming a Counsellor: A Student Companion (2011, Sage), Challenges in Counselling: Student Counselling (2013, Hodder) and Boundaries, Power and Ethical Responsibility in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2017, Sage). She is also one of the contributors to Key Issues in Counselling in Action (2008, Sage).


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