Suicide Prevention & Intervention Workshop

Upcoming Workshops:

Bloemfontein: Took place on 21-22 October 2019 at Pelonomi Hospital

Port Elizabeth: Took place on 14-15 November 2019 at Ernest Malgas Treatment Centre

Cape Town: 20-21 November 2019, Cape Town Society for the Blind, Salt River (registrations closed)

Despite the fact that mental health workers often encounter clients who have thoughts of suicide, many still feel ill-equipped to respond to suicide.  In order to respond effectively, the practitioner needs to be able to conduct a comprehensive assessment that determines the risk of suicide so that decisions can be made regarding the safety of the client as well as the treatment direction.  The decisions that are made need to be based on reliable information, and if the practitioner does not have sufficient or reliable information, it is difficult to make good decisions.

The aim of this 2-day workshop is to provide participants with knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand suicide as personal and social phenomenon
  • Use specific interviewing skills to uncover sensitive information around suicidal thoughts
  • Assess the risk of suicide in a comprehensive manner
  • Make decisions about safety and treatment

The workshop format consists of Powerpoint presentations, group discussions and some group exercises and role-playing.

The workshop was designed with social workers in mind, but will be equally valuable to other people helpers who provide counselling or work with clients where suicide ideation may be present.

This workshop is approved by SACSSP for 10 CPD.

Cost for the workshop is R900 per person and include workshop notes and light refreshments.

For more information or to register, e-mail Werner at werner@changeworks.co.za

The workshop will start at 9h00, but please arrive at least 30 minutes before the starting time.

The workshop will officially close at 16h00 each day, but can close anytime from 15h00 onwards, depending on questions and discussion.  So, while you should not expect to leave before 16h00, just take note that we might finish a little earlier.

Workshop notes are provided for each participant.

The nature of the material covered is sensitive and participants should take note discussions will cover topics such as suicide, death, trauma, abuse and other sensitive topics.  It is important that each participant takes responsibility for their own mental well-being during the workshop, but also alert the facilitator should they experience discomfort. 

Light refreshments are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Please take note that no refunds will be provided for cancellations made less than 1 week before the workshop.

Workshop Practical Arrangements (please check back often as updates will be posted here)

The workshop will start at 9h00, but please arrive at least 30 minutes before the starting time.
  • The workshop will officially close at 16h00 each day, but can close anytime from 15h00 onwards, depending on questions and discussion.  So, while you should not expect to leave before 16h00, just take note that we might finish a little earlier.
  • Workshop notes are provided for each participant.
  • The nature of the material covered is sensitive and participants should take note discussions will cover topics such as suicide, death, trauma, abuse and other sensitive topics.  It is important that each participant takes responsibility for their own mental well-being during the workshop, but also alert the facilitator should they experience discomfort. 
  • Light refreshments are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own lunch.
  • Please take note that no refunds will be provided for cancellations made less than 1 week before the workshop.