Risky Business: Assessing Suicide Risk and Imminent Danger - Greymouth

Risky Business: Assessing Suicide Risk and Imminent Danger - Greymouth


When?

Start time: Monday 9:00am (13 August)
End time: Monday 4:00pm (13 August)

Where?

Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth
32 Mawhera Quay, Greymouth
Conference

About

While there are numerous suicide risk assessment and screening tools available, assessing suicide risk is complex. In the field of suicidology there is an increasing conversation about the use and efficacy of risk assessment tools and in particular their appropriateness and relevance in different cultural contexts.

It is not just a matter of asking a series of tick box questions. Not all questions are equal in risk so how do we prioritise the level of risk from the responses to the assessment. Often people who are in distress find a rope question approach offputting and further distressing when what they really want is for the worker to hear and understand their distress.

The emphasis of this workshop is for participants:
to examine and critique the process of undertaking a risk assessment especially in different cultural contexts,
to depth their understanding of what the assessment questions seek to measure, the nuances of the questions and the responses, the alarm bells that should trigger further investigation, being able to discern from the person's responses what places them at risk and if they are imminent danger of suicidal behaviour,
to reflect on how best to incorporate assessment questions into their current scope of practice or work contexts.
Recent findings by a coroner emphasised the importance of practitioners to regularly update their knowledge and competency in suicide risk assessment. This workshop can be both an introductory or a refresher for mental health clinicians; primary health clinicians; mental health support workers; counsellors and therapists in private practice; school counsellors; frontline health, social service and community workers.

Topics covered:
Overview of the phenomenon of suicide and the 'suicidal moment'
What is meant by suicide risk? - Predisposing, Precipitating and Perpetuating Risk Factors
The art of suicde risk assessment: The critical role of the human interaction and empathetic listening
A holistic approach to assessment - taking into account physical, emotional, cultural, socio-economic, and spiritual factors or influencers,
The context of risk – understanding the suicidal narrative and contextualising the suicidal thought or act
Asking the question to get the answer – Integrating assessment questions into a counseling/support context
Discussing suicide with a client and making sense of his narrative
Imminent danger? – moving beyond assessing risk to assessing protective factors
Coping vs Safety Planning
An opportunity for a day of learning with internationally respected suicidologist, Barry Taylor
Workshop Facilitator - Barry Taylor
Barry returned to live back in New Zealand in 2017 having worked in suicide prevention and postvention at the local, national and international levels. He is known for his leadership and broad ranging work in suicide prevention and mental wellbeing.
He has worked in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention for thirty years and lead the first national response to youth suicide in New Zealand in the late 1980's. He has presented workshops on suicide risk assessment and imminent danger in numerous countries. He has lectured and mentored programs all over the world and has been a member of many government advisory committees on mental health promotion and suicide prevention.
He has a particular interest in gendered responses to suicide and mental illness and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for preventing suicide and promoting wellbeing in men. A Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has a long term interest in the social determinants of wellbeing, especially the impact of social exclusion or inclusion on mental wellbeing along with the role of human rights in suicide prevention. His sociological analysis has been applied to his work on risk assessment and has argued the need for assessment tools to include social and economic risk factors and not just individual psychological and individual factors.
He has been a recipient of a Winston Churchill Fellowship and in 2016 was awarded the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.

WORKSHOP PLACES ARE LIMITED. REGISTER EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT
Maximum Number of Participants: 30
If workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist.

Minimum Number of Participants: 15
TaylorMade Training and Consulting reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are not the minimum number of registrations. If cancelled a full refund will be given.

Catering:
This workshop is fully catered. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any particular dietary requirements. If you register after the closing date, while every effort will be made, your dietarty requirements may not be able to be catered.

Scholarships
There is a limited number of partial and full scholarships for those wishing to attend the workshops. Scholarships are available for mental health consumers, carers, volunteers and health and social service tertiary students

Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible. Full refunds will be offered up to seven days before the date of the workshop. If you cancel less than seven before the workshop, you are able to transfer your registration to another person but no refund will be given.

To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending. DO NOT CANCEL THE REGISTRATION.

If you are not transferring the registration to another person then cancel the registration.

Organiser Contact Details
Barry Taylor
Principal Consultant
TaylorMade Training and Consulting
Email: barry@taylormadetrainingconsulting.com
Mobile: 021 644 955
Office: 04 905 6145



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