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Clinical Risk Management

An introductory text for mental health professionals

An essential primer for mental health professionals, written with an emphasis on patient care

Straightforward and accessible, Clinical Risk Management: An introductory text for mental health clinicians is an essential resource for anyone working in the mental health field in Australia.

The book aims to alleviate anxiety in mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, counsellors and mental health care workers, and is written with an emphasis on patient care.

Clinical Risk Management spans an extensive range of topics integral to the work of mental health professionals. These topics include an introduction to the concept of risk, an analysis of where risk sits within a mental health setting and an in-depth exploration of the most common mental health risks, including suicide, violence and self-harm.

This important medical textbook highlights some more complicated components of clinical risk management; namely psychodynamic principles and boundary issues, managing adverse outcomes and using standardised tools.

Existing literature on clinical risk management in the mental health arena is largely limited to journal articles, making Clinical Risk Management: An introductory text for mental health clinicians a necessary and unique health resource.


Psychiatric trainees. Mental health workers - nurses, counsellors, OTs; psychologists; General Practitioners; social workers.

Paperback, 238 Pages

Published: June 2010

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7295-3934-0


  • Preface


    Part 1 Introduction to risk in mental health

    Chapter 1 Why focus on risk?

    Chapter 2 What is risk?

    Chapter 3 Risk factors and risk equations

    Chapter 4 Understanding the risk

    Chapter 5 The context of risk

    Chapter 6 Personal (clinician) responses to risk

    Chapter 7 Systemic aspects of risk assessment and management

    Part 2 Clinical skills training

    Chapter 8 Approaches to risk assessment 1

    Chapter 9 Approaches to risk assessment 2

    Chapter 10 The decision-making process

    Chapter 11 Risk assessment: focus on documentation

    Chapter 12 Risk management

    Part 3 Risks of suicide, self harm and violence

    Chapter 13 Risk of suicide

    Chapter 14 Managing chronic risk

    Chapter 15 Risk of violence

    Part 4 Advanced skills

    Chapter 16 Psychodynamic principles and boundary issues

    Chapter 17 Managing adverse outcomes

    Chapter 18 Using standardised tools


    Appendix 1 Formats for documenting risk

    Appendix 2 Teaching risk assessment and management

    Appendix 3 Answers to exercises




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