Supporting children exposed to suicide

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

Over 280,000 Australians are exposed to suicide each year. For children it could involve the death of a parent, sibling, friends or someone they care about. Tragically in some circumstances they may have witnessed or discovered the death. This type of loss does not just result in grief, but trauma that can have broad ranging effects across their home, school, social environment and even their life trajectory. To foster their resilience requires understanding a myriad of aspects including how this type of trauma may impact them, as well as effective strategies to help them cope.

This course is unique nationally and based on best practice in the suicide postvention field and in line with the Australian government’s 5th mental health and suicide prevention plan.

It increases knowledge about children’s understanding of death and suicide, how they could be exposed, and potential impacts on them at the family, peer and systems levels using de-identified scenarios. Along with interrelated issues such as loss of attachment, the neurobiological impact of trauma, and how they experience and express trauma and grief. Further it explores unhelpful language and interactions that may occur in families, opposed to protective factors and how best to provide a supportive and safe environment.

It assists participants to understand trauma informed approaches when working with parents, teachers and care givers to provide appropriate support and promote children’s resilience. Including various support activities/strategies, and support services and resources they can refer to or utilize.

Particpants will gain an increased understanding of:

  • How children could be exposed, potential breadth of exposure, children’s reactions and grief
  • Diverse range of issues to consider and manage, complications, protective factors
  • Trauma informed support strategies, services and resources

Who should attend?

Community and youth workers, chaplains, child safety staff, foster carers, child health nurses, counsellors, teachers, kindergarten teachers, child carers, psychologists and anyone who supports children experiencing difficulties.