Live Online - Workshop

How to reduce suicide risk

– 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

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How to Reduce Suicide Risk (Live Online)

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  • Date: Wed 26th May 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 – Next date: Wednesday 26th May 2021
Join Malcolm Hanson 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.

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.

Reviews for this course

4.6/5 (27 Reviews)
  1. Psychotherapist

    Yet another excellent Human Givens Course. The material was rich and covered important aspects in detail. You’re left with a useful structure and range of ideas/techniques for tackling a very difficult subject with greater competence and confidence.Malcolm’s presentation of the material was spot on – he had the right note of calm, care and intelligence throughout. He managed a good balance of combining getting through a lot of material while allowing people to share their useful knowledge and experiences. Really well done.

  2. Occupational Therapist

    An excellent course, very clear presentation and delivered with compassion and a wealth of experience. Interesting to learn how risk assessments are not static and why private therapists are in a very useful position to treat people who are suicidal.

  3. Rayna Mayer, Trainee human givens psychotherapist

    A highly informative day. The tutor held the space for both lecture and group discussion resulting in multi-way sharing of knowledge and experience. Prior to the training I felt apprehensive about working with clients reporting suicidal plans or ideation, now I know that I have the tools to help make a difference and restore hope.

  4. HG Practitioner and University Mental Health Mentor

    Malcolm delivered the course in such a clear way and the content felt well supported by a broad range of research. The day was well paced, giving plenty of time for useful and informative discussion and input from the other participants. I feel as if I have lots to reflect on in relation to my own work and overall, really excellent, thank you 🙂

  5. Human Givens Therapist and Nurse

    Excellent in every way!

  6. Sarah McLaughlin, Theraputic Counsellor

    Very informative. Content easy to follow and explained thoroughly by the tutor.

  7. Charles Curry-Hyde, Architect

    I was inspired by Malcolm’s approach.

  8. Counsellor

    Good overview of risks and strategies to use when working with clients who present with suicidal thoughts.

  9. Elaine Curtin, HG Therapist

    This was a vey good insightful practical course which flowed well. The presentation slides nicely reflected the course material notes and given the nature of the topic there was also input from very experienced course delegates. The tutor was calm, clear and on point. There was opportunity to hear from everyone who attended and I found the course valuable and has given me more confidence to deal with this topic in the future with my clients.

  10. Catherine Neil, HG Therapist

    An excellent, thorough, and most importantly, helpful day understanding how we can approach this difficult subject with our clients and how best we can help prevent suicide.

  11. Counsellor, Pain Management Therapist

    Really enjoyed this day, very informative, great listening to others, great interaction.

  12. HG Psychotherapist

    A very clear look at how the HG approach can be used to help clients experiencing suicidal thoughts. The examples based on real clients were very useful to think about and discuss.

  13. Anna Tingle, HG therapist

    The course was informative and reassuring, as this is a difficult area to deal with. I thought that Malcolm was extremely personable and considerate. His approach was extremely consensual, which I admire, but I would have liked to have heard more about his views and valuable experience.

  14. Karen Hautz, HG practitioner

    I learnt so much today and can immediately integrate this new learning into my current counselling work with clients. I liked how the approach to helping people with suicide risk aligns with the HG RIGAAR model.

  15. Kim Hood, Mental health

    The content of the course was very good and highly informative. The information and ideas presented were appropriate to the subject. The break out sessions could have been a little longer, perhaps by 5 or 10 minutes. I think it is always difficult trying to appeal to those wanting CPD from an HG background and those who are not. A good balancing act well delivered. I would have liked some more handouts like the flowchart that I could use or would help me devise my own.

  16. Don Elwick, Psychotherapist/Builder

    This was a really helpful agenda, covering just about all aspects of the “suicide situation” that I felt I might come across. It was particularly reassuring, that we found ways of protecting ourselves as therapists, which would release us to deal more effectively with clients expressing suicidal notions.

  17. Lynn Brera, Counselor

    The course came up to my expectations of reviewing the aspects of suicide management. I particularly liked Malcolms hosting and interventions, extremely clear and concise.

  18. Sally Nilsson, Human Givens Psychotherapist

    Interesting and comprehensive. I took the course to gain knowledge and feel more confident and I am ready now to work with more challenging cases. Thank you Malcom.

  19. N/A

    This is an excellent course. The contents of the day are invaluable and it is delivered really well. Malcolm is a gifted practitioner and made this day 100% effective. I’m not a therapist but felt very included and could follow and understand every stage. The course notes came in advance which enabled me to read through and get my head around the HG approach before hand. Very informative and thought provoking. Highly recommended.

  20. Health coach and HG counsellor

    This was a wonderfully practical and empowering day. I feel far better equipped to help anyone with suicidal thoughts and also feel I know how to do this as ‘safely’ as possible.

  21. Occupational therapist

    An excellent course, very clear presentation and delivered with compassion and a wealth of experience.

  22. Diana Thornton, HG Therapist

    Excellent and practical guidance which has left me feeling more confident.

  23. Alix Royer, (HG) therapietrouw and counselor

    Contents very relevant and worthwhile. Well presented.

  24. HG therapist

    Yet another excellent Human Givens Course. The material was rich and covered important aspects in detail. You’re left with a useful structure and range of ideas/techniques for tackling a very difficult subject with greater competence and confidence. Malcolm’s presentation of the material was spot on – he had the right note of calm, care and intelligence throughout. He managed a good balance of combining getting through a lot of material while allowing people to share their useful knowledge and experiences. Really well done.

  25. John Halker, Psychotherapist

    Excellent insight from the Human Givens perspective in how to help suicidal people. Real tools and realistic best practice, not tarnished by the culture of risk assessment.

  26. Emma Slater, Mental health charity - rehabilitation of offenders

    The course was very informative and inclusive and I enjoyed the opportunity to practise in real situations.

  27. Tom Lawrence, HG Therapist

    Very well paced, with excellent level of detail; interesting and very well communicated.

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