Women and Suicide

Is this Workshop for You?

Do you work with women from a holistic perspective? Women typically fulfill many roles and responsibilities, and both external pressures and internal states of distress can escalate quickly and substantively. Those who work with women can play a significant role in saving and enriching women’s lives. Unfortunately, for too long, attitudes regarding suicide being a “mans” behaviour have restricted essential consideration towards women’s suicidality.

This workshop will equip you to better assist women at various points across the life span, in managing alcohol and other substances, through trauma and abuse, in forensic settings and those with intellectual disabilities or cognitive difficulties. The gendered perspective inherently considered how men’s and women’s expression of distress differ, and what the latest data is suggesting.

This workshop will equip you with best practice approaches and a multidisciplinary perspective. 

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 – On request

Content Inclusions

This training provides a range of supportive information and skill development exercises. The screening, assessment, referral and management practices have been tailored to the specific needs of a female target group.

Specific focus areas include:

  • Research, trends and statistics, specific to understanding women’s suicidality
  • Defining suicidality, non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and latest understanding on the intersection between these behaviours
  • Identification of factors that converge to increase women’s potential risk
  • Points of vulnerability associated with women’s use of substances
  • Trauma, neglect and development
  • Factors impacting women across life stages
  • Chronic / static, acute / dynamic and protective / moderating factors
  • Trauma history and fluctuating suicidality – using women’s stories to better understand patters and potentials
  • Protocol selection and application in formulation and treatment planning
  • Using a multidisciplinary approach

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

Testimonials

When asked to comment on what they valued most in the training, an example of participant feedback included

  • “Focus on transitions and shifts in suicidality was very helpful and highlighted the importance of ongoing follow up/assessment throughout treatment. I found the small group work encouraged participation” (Psychologist)
  • “The gender differences (leading to) the need for a comprehensive assessment” (School Psychologist)

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