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Legal & Ethical Aspects to Suicide Risk Assessment and Management

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Is this Workshop for You?

Are you are a mental health practitioner who encounters clients experiencing suicide ideation? Are you a Supervisor or Leader working in mental health, wondering whether you are providing sound guidance to your staff? Understanding your legal and ethical obligations when working with clients experiencing suicidality is a necessity.

As a professional, you must be able to reasonably assess a client’s risk for suicide, navigate your responsibilities and take whatever steps are ethically appropriate to prevent their harm.

You are accountable for your decisions, whereby this training supports you in recognising, formulating and collaborating for better client outcomes, while also supporting your career development.


Learn at your own pace, with activities to complete in your own time, over six weeks. Includes three, 1 hour live Q&A sessions.

Commencement Dates:

Next online classes commence 10th August 2020, with 3 live sessions (9am – 10am Mondays – 17th, 24th and 31st August 2020)

Online time commitments

Lecture and lesson material 8 hours, plus 3 hours live Q&A (optional)

Training Materials

All included, though you are welcome to offer de-identified case examples for consideration during live Q&A sessions

Variations and Extra Resources – In-service training is available where tailored training is available (currently suspended)

Content Inclusions

This training includes evaluation of assessment practice, documentation, referral and management practices, and recognition of occupation based risks*.

Specific focus areas include:

  • Language use and impacts on the practitioner and client
  • Informed consent and capacity to consent
  • Limits to confidentiality
  • Legal obligations in detecting and responding to suicidal clients
  • Practitioner ethical responsibilities, as well as decision making under pressure (case studies)
  • Essential aspects of documentation, communication and collaboration
  • Reviews of practitioner’s actions using the findings of coroners inquests
  • Selection of screening and assessment tools – what stacks up?
  • Suicide Safety Planning and Intervention planning

Follow-up or stand-alone consultation services are available. Complement your training with a professional review of your systems, procedures and environment.


  • “All health practitioners should complete this. (It is) core training!” (Psychologist/Field Educator)
  • (It was) “A difficult topic that was made engaging – very impressive and I will be highly recommending (the workshop)” (Psychologist)

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