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Essentials: Suicide Prevention

Thursday 04th February 2021

Virtual Event via Zoom

12:00pm Registration, 12:30pm Welcome and 4:30pm Close


Suicide is a leading cause of death UK-wide, accounting for over 6,000 deaths and 120,000 suicide attempts annually. Suicide prevention is a government and NHS priority yet traditional approaches have had little impact and suicidal individuals and their clinicians often report feeling stressed and ill equipped for such work. Recent research on the psychological factors of suicidality may offer new directions for practitioners at every level to understand and work therapeutically with people who experience suicidal thoughts and behaviour.

This interactive skills class aims to help practitioners feel more empowered in delivering evidence-based therapeutic interactions with people experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviour. We will present a brief overview of the nature and scale of suicide and suicidality (i.e., the continuum of suicidal thoughts, feelings, plans and behaviour) along with contemporary research findings regarding psychological concepts of suicidality.  Predominately, the focus will be on illustrating and demonstrating how these approaches can be used in everyday practice; in
particular maximising client control, and focusing on helping clients shift and sustain their awareness towards their own important life goals which could be affected by

After attending this course delegates will be able to…

  •  Appreciate the individual and societal context of suicide and suicidality
  • Appreciate findings from research that inform key concepts within contemporary theoretical frameworks that explain the function of suicidality and how these relate to working with people in suicidal crisis
  • Learn strategies to work effectively with and from the perspective of people experiencing suicidality
  • Appreciate the key points for becoming a reflective practitioner in order to maintain one’s own personal well-being and professional effectiveness