“It looks as if there were a single ultimate goal for mankind, a far goal toward which all persons strive. This is called variously by different authors self-actualization, self-realization, integration, psychological health, individuation, autonomy, creativity, productivity, but they all agree that this amounts to realizing the potentialities of the person, that is to say, becoming fully human, everything that person can be.”

Abraham Maslow


Reflective Practice & Self Care


Personal Safety

personal safety


Both the client and the practitioner need to feel that they are working in a safe and secure environment.  If either person feels concerned about their personal security or the safety of their belongings, this may pose a distraction to the work in hand.



In providing an adult educational guidance service, ensure that you have access to and comply with your employer's (e.g. ETB+WIT) Health and Safety Policies. 

It is important, particularly when working with high risk clients, to give consideration to:-

  • Visibility - Having a meeting room that incorporates glass panels into the door or doors;
  • Security - Having a secure storage area for staff personal belongings;
  • Safety - Items which could be used as weapons, such as scissors, need to be securely stored away;
  • Access - Doors that open from both sides allow for easy access or exit in an emergency situation;
  • Egress - guidance counsellors need to position themselves so that they can exit the room without obstruction;
  • Emergency- There needs to be a system in place for raising the alarm in cases of emergency.



Can you identify any other safety precautions you might want to take when working with high risk clients?


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