Managing Clinical Risk from a Psychodynamic Perspective – An Introduction

This is a half day conference hosted by Human Development Scotland and The Susan Emery Trust


Saturday 15 April, 10:00 to 13:00


HDS Training Suite, 142 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2RQ


Lindsay Shrubsole & Gail Taylor


Working with people who are at high risk of harming themselves or others can be emotionally challenging and stressful.  While it is impossible to eliminate risk, understanding the nature of the risk and the way that risk may impact on the emotional relationship between the worker and the client, can be very helpful.  By seeking to contain anxiety, both for the worker and the client, the level of risk may be significantly reduced.

This conference aims to provide a space to think about the emotional impact of working with people who pose a significant risk to themselves or others.  It will explore the relationship between workers and their clients and how to think about and understand what may be helpful, as well as what may not be. It will also consider when it may be appropriate to seek help and where to access that help from.  A theoretical framework, including attachment theory, learning theory and personality development, will be used to help our understanding and there will be an opportunity to reflect on how this theory can be applied to our practice. 

The conference should be regarded as an introduction to this approach that could be developed through further study and training.

There will be opportunities to share experience in small groups as well as a chance to network with others from different work settings and organisations.


09:45 Doors open with tea/coffee available on arrival

10:00 Welcome & Introductions

10:05 Presentation by Lindsay Shrubsole

10:20 Discussion between Lindsay Shrubsole & Gail Taylor

11:00 Break & networking

11:30 Group Discussion

12.30 Closing plenary

13:00 Event finishes


  • £25
  • A small number of bursaries will be offered by The Susan Emery Trust and are available through application from Human Development Scotland. To apply, please send a short email to [email protected] explaining your reasons for applying for a bursary. 

Closing date for bookings is 5pm on Tuesday 11 April.

About the presenters

Lindsay Shrubsole is now retired from the NHS and is acting Chair of the Board at Human Development Scotland as well as Chair of one of the Training Committees. Lindsay trained first as a Clinical Psychologist and then as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.  She has extensive clinical experience, spanning nearly forty years, of working in the NHS and in a small private practice, specialising in the treatment and management of severe personality disorder.

In addition, she provided teaching, training, supervision and consultancy, both within and beyond the NHS, to postgraduate students, qualified clinicians from various disciplines as well as managers and non-clinical staff. Lindsay has an enduring interest in promoting the values and understanding of psychoanalytic thinking in all aspects of mental health provision.

Dr Gail Taylor has a background in teaching, later training as a psychologist and then a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. She has worked in both local authority psychological services and in the voluntary sector. As Clinical Manager of the Notre Dame Centre for a number years, she was involved in providing non-directive therapy to children, young people and their families and carers.

Currently she has a private adult psychoanalytic practice in Glasgow and is also involved in training and supervision.

Refund Policy

  • A cancellation can be made up to 4 weeks before the event and a full refund will be issued. 
  • After this date, a refund cannot be processed, unless under exceptional circumstances.
  • No refund will be issued for non-attendance.
  • We can accept substitute delegates at any time, although sufficient notice should be given where possible.

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