Join us for the inaugural lecture of Professor Andrew Reeves from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. This lecture marks his first public lecture since being appointed as a Professor at the University.
In this talk Andrew will offer a personal and professional account of the challenges in supporting people at risk of suicide. From his early career, beginning as a volunteer with Samaritans at aged 18, through his work as a Social Worker and Therapist, risk has dominated Andrew’s professional relationships, his research, his writing, his thinking and his life. The increasing dominance of risk assessment tools – an attempt to bring some objectivity to assessment – has unhelpfully overshadowed the most important work, the subjective experience of being in relationship with another. As Shneidman once said, remembering the importance of the question, “where do you hurt, and how can I help you?.
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