Foundations to Suicide Risk Assessment

Is this Workshop for You?

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44, with rates having increased for children under 14, and for 15 to 24-year-olds, they are the highest they have been for 10 years*.

As a practitioner in mental health, having a foundation knowledge of suicidality is non-negotiable. This program delivers core skills and information in risk factors and warning signs for suicide, in addition to protective factors. We will support you in administering the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) while discussing the benefits and limitations of such a measure. Naturally, an essential component relates to Safety Planning, engagement of trusted others and referral or intervention opportunities. Self care is an essential component in all training.

Workshop participation is restricted to 12 participants to ensure maximal learning, engagement and practice/feedback opportunities.

Date and Venue – See calendar for details
Times – 1 day (9am – 4:30pm, with breaks) for face to face delivery
Catering – Morning tea, Lunch, afternoon tea provided. Please advise if you have dietary requirements
CPD PTS – 7 hours
Training Materials – All included
Variations and Extra Resources – In-service training can be tailored to your needs if requested

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Content Inclusions

This workshop is designed to equip you with the foundational skills, experience and knowledge to save a life.

Specific focus areas include:

  • Debunking common myths regarding suicide and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI)
  • Correct terminology and language use
  • Differentiating chronic/static, acute/dynamic and moderating/protective factors
  • Identifying warning signs
  • Application of C-SSRS in brief role play activities
  • Strategies for responding to imminent risk situations on site, off site and via telephone
  • Examination of essential components of Suicide Safety Plans
  • Collaboration in a multidisciplinary setting

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


  • “The opportunity to ask questions throughout, presentation with clarity, certain information and getting practical and easy to understand answers” (Psychologist)
  • “Documentation for people at risk. Strategies to uncover or identify risk and interventions” (Psychologist)
  • “The whole presentation and topic [was valuable]” (Social Worker)

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