Custodians of Hope: Supporting the suicidal person - Auckland

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Building WO, Auckland University of Technology

56 Wakefield Street

Auckland, Auckland 1010

New Zealand

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The primary aim of supporting the suicidal person is to engender a sense of hope and inviting the person to live

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To reduce the high rates of suicide in this country a confident and competent workforce in assessing risk and supporting suicidal people is essential.

1.  Risky Business: The art of assessing suicide risk and imminent danger

2.  Custodians of Hope: Supporting the suicidal person

Take the opportunity to attend these advanced level evidence-based and internationally peer reviewed workshops with an award winning and internationally recognised suicide prevention practitioner, Barry Taylor.

Designed specifically for the New Zealand context, this training addresses the concerns made by coroners' findings and is being recommended by counsellors all over the country as a must attend workshop.

Custodians of Hope: Supporting the suicidal person is the second workshop of a two workshop series which provides a comprehensive suicide intervention training programme. Rather than a siloed approach to assessment and support strategies, this training programmes highlights the interconnection of the two and presents the two as part of the continuum of suicide care.  

Due to the cross referencing of content covered in the Risky Business: The art of assessing suicide risk  and imminent danger workshop, attendance at that workshop is a strongly encouraged for those wishing to enrol in the Custodians of Hope to maximise the learning in this workshop.

While participants can chose to attend just this workshop, experience from past workshops shows that after attending the Custodians of Hope workshop most of the participants went on to enrol in the Risky Business workshop. Feedback said the two workshops provided a well rounded training package.  

Register for both workshops and receive a 20% discount on both registrations


The primary aim of supporting the suicidal person is to engender a sense of hope and inviting the person to live

Identifying suicide risk is only one aspect of working with the suicidal person. The increasing demand on mental health services means that front line workers are often having to provide ongoing support for those assessed as not being in imminent danger of suicide.

A recent Coroner's finding has highlighted the need for counsellors in private practice, NGO mental health support organisations and front-line health and social services to be up to date in their competency and capability to engage with the suicidal client and to have good referral processes in place.

Workshop participants will explore a range of engagement, support and safe containment outcomes for supporting the suicidal person post the risk assessment process. These outcomes can be applied to any counselling, psychotherapeutic or support model. The outcomes are grouped into:

Manaakitanga, Anchoring, Kōrero, Anchoring, Illumination, Interrupting the suicidal thought, Invitation to Live, Custodian of Hope, Restoring of Wairua, Strategies for coping

This workshop is of value for those working in counselling, psychotherapy or social support settings who have a good understanding of counselling and/or mental health support/ recovery principles and processes. While the workshop is focused primarily around non-mental health settings, the workshop content is also relevant to workers in mental health settings.

Topics covered

Legal obligations and implications - Duty of Care, Confidentiality and Privacy Act

Including whānau and significant others as part of the support team

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

Key principles in engaging and supporting the suicial person

Custodians of Hope model

Coping vs Safety plan


What others have said about the workshop

"The easy to understand concepts and the model of support reduced my anxiety about working with a suicidal person. I leave far more confident and trusting of my skills to be an effective support”                                                                                                                          AOD Counsellor

“The many examples you shared from your work enhanced my learning and made the application of the model relevant to my work”                                                                 ACC Counsellor

“Insightful, informative and passionate presentation along with your humour engaged me for the whole day.”                                                                                                                                  Psychologist

“Your cultural sensitivity and drawing on Māori understandings of wellbeing made the workshop relevant to my practice.”                                                                                                        Counsellor



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. He has extensive experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes at the local and national level, especially creating collaborative partnerships to prevent or respond to suicide.

Barry's insights are informed by a comprehensive and critical understanding of the research and latest thinking in both the national and international suicide prevention sector. Drawing also on his 30 years of engaging and supporting suicidal people from different cultures, age groups and genders he offers practical and time proven approaches to providing safe containment and therapeutic support to those experience acute suicidality.  

As a health sociologist Barry offers an unique insight into the evolving phenomenon of suicide in the New Zealand context and the critical social and cultural determinant that have influenced it, insights that very few others trainers or training programs in this country could provide. The workshop is enriched by the learnings from Barry's own lived experience of depression and suicidality and his pathway to recovery.

In 2016 he was awarded the NSW Mental Health Commissioner Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention. 

After a number of years overseas, Barry has returned to New Zealand both passionate and enthused to make a contribution to effective and evidence-based suicide prevention activity.




Minimum Number of Participants:  10       Maximum Number of Participants:  30Places in each workshop are limited. If the workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist. 

Payment:  Payment is by either Visa or Mastercard.  

Organisations can request to pay by invoice. At the payment method part of the registration process click on Change and select Pay By Invoice

Terms for Payment By Invoice

Payment by Invoice is only for NGOs, Government Departments, DHBs, PHOs, Schools and tertiary organisations, businesses.

By selecting Pay By Invoice the organisation agrees to the following conditions:

1.  Your place in the workshop is not confirmed until payment has been received. Payment of the invoice must be made within seven days of registering to avoid having your registration cancelled. Late payment fees apply.

2.  Please IGNORE the invoice from Eventbrite. A NZ tax compliant Tax Invoice from TaylorMade Training and Consulting will be sent to you separately which will contain bank details for payment.  

3.  By registering for the workshop, you agree to the cancellation and policy. (refer below).  Organisations who cancel within seven days of the workshop and have not paid the invoice for the outstanding registration fee are still obligated to pay the outstanding debt.

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 dietary requirements may not be able to be catered.

Scholarships: There is a limited number of partial and full scholarships for those wishing to attend the workshop. Full scholarships are available for mental health consumers, carers and volunteers. Partial scholarships of either 25% or 50%  off the registration fee are available for full time tertiary students in health, social service and disability related courses. Further information and how to apply for a scholarship is available on the TaylorMade website.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Workshops can fill quickly. If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible. The following refund policy is strictly adhered to.

Cancellation up to seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop:  Full Refund less $30 + GST admin feeCancellation within seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop:No refund but registration can be transferred to another person. To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending.No show on the day of workshop:   No refund 

Cancellation of Workshop by TaylorMade: TaylorMade Training and Consulting (TMTC) reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there are not the minimum number of registrations. If cancelled, participants will be offered a refund either by way of a credit to attend another TMTC workshop (within 12 months of the cancelled workshop) or full refund of their registration fee.  Refunds will made by electronic transfer into a bank account specified by the participant. TMTC accept no responsibility for any other costs incurred by participant as a result of a workshop cancellation. 


The information provided in the workshop handout notes and at the workshops are the views of the trainer, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TaylorMade Training and Consulting. The information and professional advice delivered in the workshop and the associated printed material is provided solely on the basis that before relying on this material, participants should obtain appropriate advice relevant to their particular circumstance to evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes. TaylorMade Training and Consulting will not be liable for any damages of any kind to any person or entity arising from the use of this information. Your attendance at this workshop reflects your acceptance of this statement.

Organiser Contact Details

Barry Taylor

Principal Consultant TaylorMade Training and Consulting

Office:      04 905 6145 Mobile:    022 104 5060

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