Positive risk management

MindTheCare Mental disorder made simple video picWithout risk, life becomes empty. We develop as people by stretching ourselves and by gradually pushing the limits of what has come to be known as the ‘comfort zone’. But there is a balance to be struck in ensuring that risks are reasonable but also in motivating clients to take therapeutic risks with a high likelihood of success.

Reablement involves careful planning in order to ‘factor in’ the possibility of failure so that setbacks are seen not as disasters but as learning experiences. They are ‘grist for the mill’ as people work toward future success. This process is known as ‘risk debriefing’.

Throughout this training session participants are encouraged to relate the process of risk-taking to their own lives and their own development. They see the service-user not as a set of problems to be contained but as an individual with potential to grow through taking reasonable (but not overly dangerous) risk.

Constant themes throughout are self-determination, capacity, personalisation, person-centred care, reablement and therapeutic risk-taking. However these must be balanced with the realities of organisational risk and liability (some risks really are ours to control) and an awareness of our duty of care to those we serve.

The course covers:

Why this, why now?

Risk appreciation and personalisation

Reablement & clients’ progress

Not a nanny state (risk-taking versus ‘cotton wool care’)

Organisational risks versus individual risks

The law on liberty and the right to take risks

We must manage the risks that we create (legal obligations for workers)

Likelihood and severity – the ‘mechanics’ of risk

Planning support around risk and enablement

Safe practice principles versus irresponsible care

How to debrief after negative experiences. People learn by their mistakes

Sticky moments & practice dilemmas

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