What you'll learn
- Risk is an ever-present part of social work practice. This course offers a sound foundation for understanding the nature of risk
- You will appreciate that risk is inevitable but can be managed
- The course provides helpful frameworks for assessing and managing risk
- You will be helped to feel more confident in assessing and managing risk
An important part of a social worker’s job is to assess and manage risk as part of their assessment work and any ongoing intervention they may be involved in. There are no easy answers in terms of how to do this, but there are tools that we can use and important insights that can inform our practice.
Neil Thompson is a well known and highly respected UK social work author. He has been training social workers and others on risk assessment and management for over thirty years. In his work he emphasizes that there is no such thing as a “risk-free zone”. Because of this, social workers need to have a high level of awareness of risk, access to helpful tools and an appreciation of what is involved in managing risk effectively.
The course provides a sound foundation of understanding and introduces some useful risk management tools. In terms of ongoing risk management the course emphasizes the need for a balanced approach, neither complacent nor risk averse.
This course has an important role to play in reducing anxiety and boosting confidence in what can be a difficult aspect of practice. It will be of great value to everyone involved in social work or other disciplines that need to assess and manage risk.
Who this course is for:
- Social workers, social work students and associated professionals
Dr Neil Thompson is a highly experienced tutor and trainer. He is highly respected for his ability to explain complex ideas clearly and effectively. His gentle voice and unhurried approach are widely appreciated by online learners as will as attendees at his conferences and workshops.
He is an independent writer, educator and adviser based in Wales. He is also a visiting professor at the Open University in the UK.. He is a well-published author with over 200 publications to his name, including over 40 books, several of which are bestsellers. He has been a speaker at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Hong Kong, India, the United States, Canada and Australia.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. He was formerly the editor of the US-based international journal, Illness, Crisis & Loss and now edits the free e-zine, THE humansolutions BULLETIN. His main interests are in the field of well-being: equality and diversity; conflict management; stress; loss, grief and trauma; and reflective practice. He is a sought-after conference speaker, consultant and facilitator.
He also works with Vigoroom UK, a sophisticated employee wellness platform geared towards promoting healthier, happier and more productive workplaces.