First, some thoughts and discussion about how we respond as therapists to a client at serious risk of suicide, a situation that tests the limits of the underlying robustness of our theory and practice and our relational resilience.
The main content of the presentation will then be on Maytree, a unique short stay (100 hours) respite (and therapy) centre for those in suicidal crisis, of which I was a co-founder, and the principal architect of its model. In expounding its genesis and vision, and the gap in services it fills, I will focus on its ethos and the core values of its practice, namely containment and compassion – the essence surely of all our work. Finally, we’ll look at outcomes, successes, failures, inviting discussion on its merits and potential.
About the Speaker
Early successful career in finance and business; then as a management consult-ant, advising chairmen and boards of major PLCs on governance. Volunteer at Samaritans (1986-2004); trained as a CAT therapist (1989-94) and then as su-pervisor and trainer. Held part-time position as Senior Adult Psychotherapist in NHS (1990-2009); Board Member/Trustee of UKCP (2005-8). Co-founder of Maytree and its first Chairman (2001-2008). Current: private practice in W1.