Michael Knight

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.

Presentation Slides – Suicidality >>

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.