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Risky Business: The Art of Assessing Suicide Risk and Imminent Danger - Auckland


Risky Business: The Art of Assessing Suicide Risk and Imminent Danger - Auckland

Undertaking a suicide risk assessment is not without its complexities. One size does not fit all. This advanced level workshop provides the opportunity for participants to depth their knowledge and competency in the “art” of assessment and management of suicide through empathetic dialogue rather than a more traditional assessment interview process.  Participants will explore how factors such as nuance, context, culture, gender, socio-economic background, the quality and length of the therapeutic relationship impact on the process and the outcomes of an assessment.

The workshop provides detailed critical analysis of the rationale and research that informs the questions in a standard assessment process. This assists participants to more able to confidently and competently adapt the content and process of the assessment to best meet the context and the needs of the client, particularly in crisis situations.  It also facilitates greater depth of enquiry and does not constrain the practitioner to questions on the assessment sheet.

Evaluation of this training indicated that the content of this course is both relevant and applicable to the work of mental health clinicians; primary health clinicians; mental health support workers; counsellors and therapists in private practice; school counsellors; frontline health, social service and community workers .

Topics covered:

Overview of the phenomenon of suicide and the 'suicidal moment'

What is meant by suicide risk? - Predisposing, Precipitating and Perpetuating Risk Factors

The art of suicide risk assessment: The critical role of the human interaction and empathetic listening

A holistic approach to assessment - taking into account physical, emotional, cultural, socio-economic, and spiritual factors or influencers,

Contextualising the suicidal thought or act

Asking the question to get the answer: Integrating assessment questions into a counselling/support context

Discussing suicide with a client and making sense of the suicidal narrative

Imminent danger? moving beyond assessing risk to assessing protective factors

Coping vs Safety Planning

An opportunity for a day of learning with internationally respected suicidologist, Barry Taylor

Barry has proven leadership over 30 years at local, national and international levels in using community initiatives and strength-based approaches to improve individual and community wellbeing and the prevention of suicide. His work has strongly focussed on suicide prevention, assessment and management of suicidality and postvention including leadership of New Zealand's first national response to youth suicide in the late 1980s.


Barry has lectured and mentored programmes, both nationally and internationally, and been appointed to numerous government advisory committees on mental wellbeing promotion and suicide prevention. In 2016 he was awarded the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention


As a Health Sociologist and Public Health practitioner, Barry has a long-term interest in the social determinants of suicide risk, especially the role of gender and he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the reducing the impact and rates of depression and suicide in men.


He received a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1990.


After a number of years overseas, Barry returned to New Zealand in 2017 both passionate and enthused to make a contribution suicide prevention in this country. 


Minimum Number of Participants: 15       Maximum Number of Participants: 30Places in each workshop are limited. If the workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist. TaylorMade Training and Consulting reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are not the minimum number of registrations. If cancelled a full refund will be given.

Catering:This workshop is fully catered. Please indicate in the registration process if you have any particular dietary requirements. If you register after the registration closing date, while every effort will be made, your dietarty requirements may not be able to be catered.

ScholarshipsThere is a limited number of scholarships for free registration for those wishing to attend the workshop. Scholarships are available for mental health consumers, carers, volunteers and tertiary students in health, social service and disability related courses.

Cancellation and Refund PolicySingle workshop: If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible.

Cancellation up to five working days prior to the commencement of the workshop:  Full Refund less $25 admin fee

Cancellation within five working days prior to the commencement of the workshop: No refund but registration can be transferred to another person

No show: No refund

To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending.

Organiser Contact DetailsBarry TaylorPrincipal ConsultantTaylorMade Training and ConsultingEmail: YmFycnkgfCB0YXlsb3JtYWRldHJhaW5pbmdjb25zdWx0aW5nICEgY29tT2ZmaWNl: 04 905 6145Mobile: 022 470 1852

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