Suicide Risk Assessment for Medico-legal and Forensic Practitioners

Is this Workshop for You?

Do you provide psychological, psychiatric or independent medical examination reports with a legal or forensic focus?

Do you desire greater efficacy? An approach that is comprehensive, defensible, robust, as well as empowered by current research and best practice principles?

This course has proven particularly helpful to those whose reports are used in all legal proceedings, tribunals, commissions and workers’ compensation matters.

This workshop is restricted to 6 participants due to intensive nature of case reviews and consultation required to ensure learning outcomes. This workshop is delivered on Expressions of Interest or as in-service training. 

Date and Venue – See below for details
Times – 2 days (9am-4:30, with breaks)
Catering – Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon tea provided. Please advise if you have any dietary requirements.
CPD PTS – 14 active hours and up to 4 passive hours
Training Materials – Workbooks, video demonstrations and resources provided
Variations and Extra Resources – On request

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 includes screening, assessment, reporting/documentation practices, as well as recognition of risks in these specific domains.

Focus areas over two days include:

  • Research, trends and statistics
  • Limitations in suicide data use
  • Theoretical principles: Fluid Vulnerability Theory (FVT) and Integrated Motivational Volitional Model
  • Psychometric tests (including PAI, MMPI-2 and suicide specific measures) and validity of “prediction” of suicide from these measures
  • Third party interviews and supplementary evidence
  • Litigation minimisation via best practice recommendations
  • Foreseeable, Reasonable Care and Ethical Conduct
  • Your existing protocols and improved practice standards
  • Risk factors: chronic / static, acute / dynamic, protective versus moderating
  • Interaction and potential risk
  • After viewing a filmed assessment:
    a) Generate a more robust formulation
    b) Review psychometric test results to strengthen your assessment conclusions
  • Intervention and treatment plans – essential elements in line with international standards
  • Developing a person-centred Suicide Safety Plan
  • Communication with treatment providers

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