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 will take place online via the ZOOM platform. It will consist of a number of short sessions (2 hours each) which will include Powerpoint presentations and group discussions. Each participants will receive an electronic manual.
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 R400 per person. This special rate is only available for the April 2020 Zoom workshop.
For more information or to register, e-mail Werner at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.