Dealing with the Aftermath: A fresh approach to responding to the impact of...

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Distinction Whangarei Hotel & Conference Centre

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Whangarei, Northland 0112

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An advanced professional development opportunity with an award winning and internationally recognised suicide postvention practitioner, BARRY TAYLOR

"The person who suicides puts his or her psychological skeleton in the survivor's emotional closet - he/she sentences the survivor to a complex of negative feelings and, most importantly, to obsessing about the reasons for the suicide death". Edwin S. Shneidman, Suicidologist

The impact of a suicide on whānau and hapū, friends, work colleagues and communities is both profound and enduring with many experiencing a more complicated grieving process that is compounded further by the stigma of suicide or mental illness.

Our understanding about effective suicide postvention is changing as more research and evaluation has been undertaken. Hear why suicide postvention specialist and programme evaluator, Barry Taylor believes there needs to be a review of how we deliver postvention services and where the focus should be. Barry, based on his suicide postvention work in Australia, conceptualised, designed and established the Wellington Region Suicide Postvention Response Service over 10 years ago, a model which is being used in other DHBs in New Zealand. As with many programmes there is always a challenge with replication and transferability of models. Drawing on the contemporary research and thinking in postvention Barry will offer an outcome framework for bereaved by suicide support and postvention response services to assess and review their suicide postvention response as well as the provision of suicide postvention in settings such as schools, mental health NGOs and workplaces.

Suicide brings a heightened risk of further suicide within whānau. Intergenerational suicide contagion is now recognised as an increased risk factor, with some research indicating that history of suicide in immediate family can increase suicide risk tenfold. Some whānau or hapū have had numerous family members, often young people, dying by suicide. Postvention response must focus just as much on intergenerational suicide as they do on addressing suicide clusters. It is essential that those providing support to those bereaved by suicide are not just competent in bereavement care but also in being able to assist individuals or the whānau to make sense of the death by suicide in ways that may lessen the potential of suicide contagion within the whānau. The same principles can be applied to settings such as schools, workplaces and communities.

This introductory workshop aims to build understanding of effective strategies to respond to a death by suicide in different settings: whānau & hapū, ethnic groupings, schools, workplaces, organisations and communities. The workshop also outlines the differences between suicide postvention and suicide bereavement support and hot best to manage the tensions between the two approaches as well as providing an overview of effective strategies for supporting those bereaved by suicide.

It is important to understand that suicide postvention is more than just about bereavement support. It also needs to be viewed in the context of the suicide prevention continuum. The principles, objectives and activities of suicide postvention will be discussed. In addition the assessing risk of contagion, postvention mapping, community postvention risk audit, developing an at-risk registry and the roles and responsibilities of community postvention action groups will be described in detail.

Topics covered:

  • The impact of suicide on friends, families, agencies and community – an ecological model

  • Suicide specific grief and supporting those grieving

  • Suicide Contagion: What it is and why it occurs

  • Inter-generational suicide within family systems

  • Suicide postvention in a social media world

  • Principles objectives and activities of Suicide Postvention

  • Tensions between suicide postvention and bereaved by suicide outcomes

  • Cultural considerations in providing a postvention response

  • Mapping those at risk of suicide, monitoring and support needs

  • Assessing risk of contagion, auditing community postvention capacity and capabilities

  • Suicide At-Risk Registry, monitoring and follow-up – Their purpose & what are we listening for.

  • Agency policies and procedures in the event of a death by suicide

  • Developing an organisation or community suicide postvention plan

People who would benefit from attending this workshop are:

  • Bereaved by suicide support group leaders

  • Clergy and Funeral Celebrants

  • Corrections and Juvenile Justices institutions

  • DHB Suicide Prevention / Postvention Co-ordinators

  • Educational and training organisations

  • Iwi health and welfare services

  • Loss and Grief services - especially bereaved by suicide

  • Mental health service and mental health support NGOs

  • Rural support agencies

  • School counsellors, deans, pastoral care

  • Suicide Postvention Response Group members

  • Tertiary student health services, chaplaincy, halls of residence

  • Victim Support

  • Welfare agencies

  • Workplace EAP Programs and HR Departments

  • Workplace Support

  • Youth Services

Previous participant's comments on the workshop

Feedback from previous workshop participants stated that this workshop was very relevant and helpful to their work and that their knowledge, comfortableness, competency and confidence about suicide postvention had significantly increased. Participants were appreciative of the breadth and depth the topics covered and the practical approaches recommended and the use of real life scenarios.

“Real life examples and scenarios was helpful in seeing how the theory can be applied practically”
Social Worker

“Realise how unprepared I am should this happen but leave with practical strategies and insights”
School Dean

“Fabulous day, information and trainer…Outstanding knowledge and experience”
Youth Counsellor

"Guidance on how communities should observe a suicide death are very much in line with tikanaga on marae and how we as Maori tangi. Very useful for maraes to consider."

An opportunity for a day of learning with award winning suicide postvention specialist, 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. 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 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 governments 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 has a particular interest in the rise of intergenerational suicide in whānau and hapū, especially in men.

After a number of years overseas, Barry is living back in New Zealand and is passionate about building the knowledge base, competence and capability within our country to effectively respond to the unacceptably high rate of suicide in this country.


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.

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 must agree to the following conditions:

1. Your place in the workshop is not confirmed until payment has been received.

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

3. Payment of the invoice must be made within seven days to avoid having your registration cancelled.

4. By registering for the workshop, you agree to the cancellation and policy. (refer below). Organisations who cancel within five working days and have not paid the invoice for the outstanding registration fee is stilll obligated to pay tjhe outstanding debt.

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 workshop. Full scholarships are available for mental health consumers, carers and volunteers. Partial scholarships of either 25%, 50% or 75% 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 scholarlship 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 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. 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

Organiser Contact Details
Barry Taylor
Principal Consultant
TaylorMade Training and Consulting
Office: 04 905 6145
Mobile: 022 104 5060

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