Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention

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

This course will equip you with the skills to respond constructively to a client’s cry for help when they are contemplating suicide and how to support people affected by the loss of suicide. It is an interactive workshop offering theoretical and practical information on suicide prevention and post-vention. It will answer the questions: “What do I do if someone is suicidal?” and "How do you help someone who is self-harming?''.

An internationally renowned suicide intervention model will be presented and demonstrated. Participants will develop skills in risk assessment enabling them to apply and integrate theory and practice into their current skills. Sharpen your listening skills that help you stay connected to your clients. Various levels of risk assessments will be demonstrated.

Experiencing the sudden loss of a friend or loved one usually throws people into a major crisis of loss, grief and bereavement. Loosing someone through suicide is a traumatic loss and usually triggers more than a crisis as it raises many questions, concerns and responses that are unique to the loss through suicide. Existential and meaning making questions become unavoidable after suicide loss and this course will provide frameworks on how to address these questions. This course provides an opportunity to explore these specialized issues and provides a background on how to best support the bereaved client/s. Many are at risk of becoming vulnerable to suicidal thoughts themselves. Self-care strategies for the support person will also be discussed.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn and practice suicide prevention and intervention skills
  • Apply enhanced confidence when working with people who present with suicidal and self-harming ideation and behaviour
  • Learn and practice the steps involved in suicide first aid
  • Understand the needs of people bereaved through suicide
  • Develop strategies to provide support and a healing environment for the bereaved
  • Provide grief support after suicide
  • Explore strategies that can turn the tragedy of suicide into actions of positive change
  • Enrich their referral skills and referral resources
  • Appreciate the value of self-care strategies, debriefing and supervision.

Who should attend?

Anyone who work directly or indirectly with Suicide or self-harm.