All posts by Steve Morgan

Occupational Therapist since 1986, Case Manager since 1990, Author since 1993, Consultancy since 2001. Launched a blog from 2013, a podcast in 2014, and YouTube videos from 2017.

Positive Risk-Taking webinar

So you think you know what ‘Positive Risk-Taking‘ is? Well, reflect again on that statement, as I created it back in 1994, and I have come across many people who lazily misinterpret the language and get the true meaning wrong.

Are you occasionally, or often maybe, confronted with a need to make a challenging risk decision? Well, if so, read on, as I have good news for you…

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Click on the link below to register for instant access to my latest webinar, outlining 5 simple steps to clear and confident risk decision-making. The webinar outlines my original creation of the concept of Positive Risk-Taking, along with access to a comprehensive range of resources for implementing best practice.

https://positiverisktaking.lpages.co/risk-aversion-risk-taking-webinar

10th EuroSciCon Conference

Congratulations to all who attended and contributed to the Paris Conference (11-12 April 2019) on Psychiatry, Psychology & Brain Studies.

A small but truly global event, as I had the opportunity to introduce contributions from Australia, Russia, Malaysia, India, Brazil, USA and UK. Thanks particularly go on Day 1 to Torie Robinson, Greg Robin and Paul Lang for their inspiring personal stories.

Also, thanks go to the Day 1 audience for their enthusiastic receiving of my keynote presentation on Good Practice in Risk Decision-Making incorporating the concept of Positive Risk-Taking that I created back in 1994. Look out for forthcoming webinar presentations and access to a full Membership Site underpinning the concept of  Positive Risk-Taking through the intricacies of working with risk.

Paris Conference 2019

Many thanks to the organisers of the 10th EuroSciCon Conference on Psychiatry, Psychology & Brain Studies (Paris 11-12 April 2019) for inviting me to be both a Keynote Speaker on Risk Decision-Making and my personal concept of Positive Risk-Taking, and also to be session chair for most of Day 1.

Check out the following link for details of the conference content:

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Aaa79f52e-2f6d-46ef-9cdf-9841cd13f298

Barcelona Conference (7 – 8 March, 2019)

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The 5th International Conference on Mental Health and Human Resilience is held in Barcelona. Use the following link to check out background information on the conference:

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A276d9684-0df8-44de-b758-141ae5830221

The following link provides the outline programme for the two-day conference. I present ‘Implementing Positive Risk-Taking in Practice‘ as one of the keynotes on Day 2:

https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3Aadcbb3e5-8a54-469e-9035-3f2e27ef8076

Paris Conference Presentation

The following was the abstract I submitted for the keynote presentation at the recent Mental Health Congress in Paris (9-11/7/18):

Positive Risk-Taking: From Rhetoric to Reality

Do we pay enough attention to the impact that the language we use has on the people we serve, and the ways in which we serve them? Our adherence to professional jargon more often serves to exclude and/or confuse other people. This is most notable in the language of risk, particularly where the negative connotations can often drive a blame culture and promote an unnecessary risk averse approach. Where is the person within such a picture?

Assessing and manging risk is an essential skill; but, so to is calculated and reasoned risk-taking. My concept of ‘Positive Risk-Taking’, initiated in 1994, brings the language of risk, strengths and person-centred outcomes together in a clear and sharp focus. As a concept, it is underpinned by the principles and practice of good risk assessment and management, applicable to all facets of mental health, wider health, and social care considerations.

The concept is focused on the outcomes, rather than solely being led by the risks. Taking risks for positive outcomesrequires a clear definition and description; but, it is also underpinned by the fully recognized components of mental health good practice… focused and contextualized risk assessment is counter-balanced by a full strengths assessment; supervision and support is complemented by teamwork and team-focused training. Collective decision-making enables balanced and reasoned risk-taking decisions to be made with confidence, and the identification of individual responsibilities for action to be outlined within a thoughtful plan.

Welcoming the audience to the presentation:

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A partial link to what you missed!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Nmes1fRYvhkBTSLw0rXk8w7yuoxKdTkN

Fielding a question or two:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pytmlqXLHoxJc8KKu20wZOT49xjpaKoa

And sharing in the post presentation accolades (holiday snapshots time !!):

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European Congress for Mental Health

July in Paris, and it’s time for the next European Congress for Mental Health (9-11th July 2018).

Positive Risk-Taking is on the agenda, as I present one of the early morning keynote presentations on Day 1. Access the event programme line-up through the following link:

https://files.acrobat.com/a/preview/0efc6edd-d3df-427c-9606-0140c5e1e037

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Strengths-Based Planning & Reviews

In this video I define what a meeting is, provide 11 negative observations on how they play out, and offer 7 reflections on what can contribute to making them efective for everyone involved.

 

This presentation is part of a much wider email sequence offering strengths-based resources. To subscribe to that list click on the following link, follow the simple instructions, and get ready to receive an abundance of FREE and very practical information to implement in your own practice:

https://positiverisktaking.lpages.co/working-with-strengths-2/