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Suicide Risk Assessment for Medico-legal and Forensic Practitioners

This two day workshop is designed for practitioners in medico-legal or forensic settings, who are required to undertake psychological assessments for the purpose of informing civil or crimial proceedings.

To register, you must be a registered Psychologist, with experience administering psychometric tests/tools, including but not limited to personality and suicide specific tools.

Please note, this workshop provides theoretically grounded, evidence based approaches to the assessment and reporting of risk, not risk prediction. Reporting principles include the provision of evidence based recommendations to mitigate risk and support the individual.

Is this workshop for me?

  • Do you undertake psychological or psychiatric assessments for legal purposes?
  • Do you complete a comprehensive, defensible and robust suicide risk assessment?
  • Are you at risk of litigation because of how you analyse and formulate your risk assessment?
  • Are you up to date with current research, methodology and suicide risk assessment protocols?

A two day workshop for practitioners providing psychological, psychiatric and independent medical examination reports with a legal or forensic focus; including those for Family Law matters, Criminal Court proceedings, tribunals, commissions and workers’ compensation arenas.

Prerequisit Expectations

  • You must be a Psychologist working in medico-legal or forensic settings
  • You must have understanding of priciples of psychometric testing, including personality assessment
  • You must be prepared to critically evaluate your existing methodology in gathering and appraising evidence

 Suicide Risk and Assessment workshops cover;

Day One

  • Definitions and correct language
  • Suicide statistics, trends and data
  • Do we need to determine causal factors contributing to the risk?
  • Chronic and acute suicide risk – what’s the difference? Reporting considerations in the context of index offenses
  • Practitioner confidence and legal responsibilities
  • Foundations of suicide risk assessment; gathering evidence and forensic documentation
  • Psychometric tools and assessment protocols

Day Two

  • Application of suicide risk assessment protocols
  • Practice implementing a comprehensive risk assessment formulation
  • Use case examples and demonstrations to develop and advanced suicide risk assessment, risk formulation and reporting to maximise a legally defensible determination of risk
  • Formulating a cohesive report based on your case example


The Suicide Risk Assessment workshop package includes:

  • Comprehensive package containing; Workbook, pre-readings and client handouts
  • Video clips of expert demonstrations
  • Extensive opportunity for application of learning with real case examples
  • Helpful and professional trainer
  • Delicious catering*
  • Post-workshop supervision and consultations available**

* Please advise of any special dietary requirements

**Conditions apply, please enquire

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