Custodians of Hope: Supporting the suicidal person - Palmerston North

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Copthorne Hotel Palmerston North

110 Fitzherbert Avenue

Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui 4410

New Zealand

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What is the primary aim of supporting the suicidal client?

Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to explore this question in-depth. They will be encouraged to broaden their approach from one that is solely focused on stopping the person from killing themselves.

This workshop will offer an expanded model of suicide intervention with a greater emphasis of inviting the person to live rather than persuading them not to die. A model based on “custodians of hope” for the suicidal person will be offered.

This workshop provides an overview of effective strategies for front line workers in providing support to the suicidal person and their family. 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.

This course would be particularly of value for those working in counselling or social support settings who have a basic 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.

Clinical proficiency must also be complemented with organisational capability and systems that ensure that services and workers have the capability to respond in a safe, timely and appropriate way. Management related issues such as agency policies and procedures, legal and confidentiality issues, supervision and debriefing for staff, stakeholder relationships and referral pathways are covered in detail making this workshop also of value for managers and team leaders. For counsellors in private practice this workshop addresses the concerns expressed and the recommendations made in the recent Coroner's report that urged counsellors in private practice to ensure they have clear assessment and referral pathways when working with suicidal clients.

Topics covered in the workshop:

  • Overview of suicide and suicidal ideation

  • The Suicidal Moment

  • Models of crisis intervention for those who are suicidal

  • Coping Planning vs Safety Panning

  • Safe Practice: Keeping the suicidal person safe physically, emotionally and culturally

  • Confidentiality, Referral pathways, Privacy Act, Joint case management, inter-agency

  • Duty of Care

  • Post suicide crisis follow-up and management

  • Supervision and Debriefing

  • Therapeutic interventions – short and long term

  • Including family and significant others as part of the support team

While not a pre-requisite, participants are encouraged to also register for the Risky Business: The art of assessing suicide risk and imminent danger workshop.

Register for both workshops and receive a 20% discount on the registration fees.

To receive the discount register online for the Risky Business workshop in your area and select the two workshop option.

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. His work has strongly focussed on suicide prevention, intervention 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 wellebing 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 wellbeing, especially the role of gender and he brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for promoting wellbeing in men.

Barry has extensive experience in suicide postvention. He has guided numerous communities, schools, universities, workplaces and mental health organisations through the aftermath of a suicide as well as providing support to those bereaved by suicide. He is a member of the Clusters and Contagion in Suicidal Behaviour and the Suicide Postvention and Bereavement Special Interest Groups of the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

He has advised government on effective postvention strategies and provided guidance for schools in both New Zealand and Australia. In 1990 he wrote the first postvention guidelines for New Zealand schools, In a Time of Crisis. In 2007 he developed the Wellington Regional Postvention Response, a whole of community response aimed at preventing suicide contagion and ensuring appropriate support to the bereaved.

He received a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1990.

After a number of years primarily based in Australia, Barry has recently returned to New Zealand and looks forward to continuing his work in a New Zealand setting.


Minimum Number of Participants: 15. Maximum Number of Participants: 30
Places 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.

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.

There is a limited number of partial and full scholarships for those wishing to attend the workshops. Scholarships are available for mental health consumers, carers, volunteers and tertiary students in health, social service and disability related courses.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
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 on the day of workshop: 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 Details

Barry Taylor
Principal Consultant
TaylorMade Training and Consulting
Mobile: 021 644 955
Office: 04 905 6145

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