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Legal & Ethical Aspects of Suicide Risk Assessment & Management

A one day workshop for practitioners working with suicidal clients, exploring best practice suicide risk assessment, with a focus on understanding your legal and ethical obligations in the assessment and management process. In addition, consideration will be provided with respect to appropriate case note documentation and some of the concerns highlighted by Coronial Inquests regarding practitioner’s actions.


Ethical and Legal Suicide Risk Management Workshop covers;

  • Fundamentals of appropriate language use, statistics on suicide, current trends
  • Understanding informed consent, capacity to consent and limits of confidentiality
  • Examine and apply best practice suicide risk assessment protocol
  • Legal obligations in detecting and responding to suicidal clients
  • Examination of practitioner ethical responsibilities in responding to suicidality, including how to make ethically sound decisions under pressure using case examples
  • Legally and ethically appropriate case note documentation
  • Brief reflection on responding to subpoena's
  • Discussion and consideration for how to ethically respond to families bereaved by a client who has died by suicide; developing a sensitive response plan
  • Findings highlighted by coroners inquests into suicide deaths where practitioners actions are reviewed

 The training package includes;

Comprehensive workbook clearly documenting appropriate protocols, considerations, ethical and legal responsibilities

Readings, guidelines and documents as relevant to Case Examples provided

Delicious catering and refreshments

Helpful and professional trainer

** Additional resources as needed/requested


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