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How to reduce suicide risk new

– the practical steps you need to know

This inspiring, empathetic training shows you how to work successfully with anyone thinking about or planning suicide or who has survived a previous attempt

Course Factfile

How to Reduce Suicide Risk (Live Online)

  • Date: Wed 3rd February 2021

  • Length: 1 day (9.30am–4.00pm)

  • Tutor: Malcolm Hanson

  • Suitable for: Professionals and people interested for personal reasons (see below)

  • Limited numbers

  • CPD Certificate: 6 hours

  • Price: £145 per person

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NEW – Live Online Join Malcolm Hanson on Wednesday 3rd February for this important new workshop which will be delivered via Zoom. All you need is a quiet place to watch, a computer or tablet and a strong internet signal, the rest is easy – simply book your place as normal, and we will email you your confirmation. You will receive details of how to join the Zoom workshop the day before the event.
NB The training will be recorded and made available afterwards in case anyone has technical trouble during the day.
SOLD OUT – sorry, this date is now fully booked, more dates will be added soon.

Fantastically clear, Malcolm takes you step-by-step through the important things you need to do and remember

Ivan Tyrrell

Why take this course

In highly challenging times, when people cannot envisage an end to their difficulties, a slump into depression can all too quickly spiral down into suicidal thoughts, plans and suicide attempts. Or the negative trance state of depression itself may beguile people into thinking that there is no way out of their hopelessness.

Suicide is now the most common cause of death in men aged 17 to 34. The highest suicide rate is in men aged 45–49; in women, it is highest in those aged between 50–54.1

Anyone working with distressed people wants to keep them safe, to give them the hope they need that circumstances can change for the better, and to provide the skills for coping until that comes about. The human givens approach, by working with the givens of human nature, offers the most powerful and organic way to achieve this.

Tutor Malcolm Hanson, an experienced HG practitioner, draws on his wealth of relevant experience as he takes you clearly through the essential steps to take when faced with someone who feels suicidal. He worked for nine years as a psychotherapist in NHS primary care in an area of extreme deprivation, and has over many years seen patients referred by GPs, social workers, psychiatrists, police and probation officers for complex issues. He has helped clients experiencing multiple trauma, chronic pain and terminal illness, clients struggling with uncertain asylum status or facing deportation, and also victims of human trafficking – a tragic range of circumstances in which even the most resilient may sometimes sink into despair.

On this important workshop he will share what he has learned to give you the knowledge and assurance you need to work confidently and respectfully with clients struggling to find reasons to stay alive, building in expectation of positive change from the start.

You will also have plenty of time for group discussion and for working through a wide variety of case scenarios.

The one certainty in life is that circumstances ALWAYS change...

What will you learn

  • Crucial elements in rapport building with suicidal people
  • How to normalise circumstances safely
  • A model for running therapeutic sessions that best manage suicide risk
  • Ways to use your own demeanour to instil confidence in the person who is feeling suicidal
  • Effective information gathering to challenge unhelpful beliefs
  • What to look for in answers to questions
  • A structure for difficult conversations
  • The ability to reframe unhelpful beliefs
  • Understandings about when and why different people consider suicide
  • Methods of risk assessment that do not risk loss of rapport
  • How to use language of influence
  • Effective means to address beliefs about being a burden
  • The setting of realistic and empowering goals
  • Why most suicidal crises are surprisingly temporary
  • How to make best use of the client’s own resources
  • The importance of addressing emotional needs
  • Strategies for client safe self-management between sessions
  • The power of guided imagery for working with suicidal clients
  • How to take care of yourself
  • CPD Certificate and more…

Course Programme

The ‘How To Reduce Suicide Risk’ live online course starts at 9.15am and runs until 4.00pm (GMT).

Who is this course suitable for?

  • All psychotherapists and counsellors
  • Mental health and welfare professionals, including GPs, social workers, members of the emergency services, pastoral care and outreach workers – and anyone else working with people with suicidal ideation
  • Anyone concerned for personal reasons – although the course is geared towards carrying out therapy effectively with suicidal clients, it contains a lot of key, helpful information which is presented in a clear, easy to understand way
  • Anyone working with young people, such as teachers and youth workers will also benefit from the knowledge on this course
  • Those who through their paid or volunteer work may come into contact with people who are very distressed will also learn essential live-saving information
Please Note

Please Note

This course is not a substitute for therapy.

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