Suicide Risk and Substance Use

Is this Workshop for You?

Do you work with clients who use alcohol or substances? Did you know that substance dependence isn’t necessarily the only consideration impacting suicide risk?

Are you confident in your knowledge of the specific risks for suicide in this client group?

If you like to know more about the neuropsychological and neurochemical actions of substances and how these relate to suicide risk, then this is an excellent workshop for you! We examine a range of substances, including alcohol, cannabis, stimulants and opiates in addition to the different neuropsychological considerations relevant to suicidality.

We translate clinically dense information into tangible and translatable strategies, offering techniques and tools to support your work.

Terrena co-delivers this training as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in AOD, together with Carmen, bringing a Psychologists’ perspective. Indeed, all disciplines have provided excellent feedback regarding the combined disciplines approach.

Date and Venue – See below for details
Times – 1 day (9am – 4:30pm, with breaks)
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

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

Content Inclusions

This training focuses on clients who use substances, in addition to those who may have had or currently have substance dependence, while examining suicidality in this context.

Specific focus areas include:

  • Current substance use statistics and trends, and how these trends impact on each other
  • Similarities and differences between chronic versus acute suicide risk
  • Client substance use history
  • Foundations in neurochemistry underlying suicide risk and substance use
  • Specific neurochemical changes that occur with alcohol, benzodiazapines, stimulants, opiates (incl. prescribed), cannabinoids and poly-substance abuse
  • Potential risk factors of impulsivity, hopelessness and aggression
  • Interview techniques, assessment and evaluation strategies
  • Concealed suicidality or substance use
  • Critical risk points in a substance use trajectory
  • Intervention with respect to stages; Intoxication, dependence, tolerance and withdrawal
  • Challenges in working with substance use and suicidality
  • Key points for intervention


  • “It was very comprehensive and met above my expectations” and the same participant nominated the “case studies – sharing real stories” as a key strength of the training (Psychologist)
  • “Surpassed expectations – great reference materials and case materials” (Counsellor in Tertiary Education)

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