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Responding to Suicide and Suicidality in Working in People from Refugee Backgrounds

16 October 2020 | Carramar

Workshop overview

People from refugee backgrounds may be at increased risk of suicide due to past traumatic experiences, resettlement stressors, and the prolonged uncertainty of seeking asylum, which includes living in limbo and feelings of hopelessness. This workshop will expand on what is covered on suicide in the Accidental Counsellor workshop and will help you understand the warning signs of suicide in your clients, including subtle changes in behaviour and emotional state, and verbal expressions. Participants will come away with skills to determine the level of risk for suicide, and to prepare a suicide first aid action plan to maximise the safety of the client, including making appropriate referrals.

Content includes:

  • Beliefs about suicide
  • Suicide in Australia
  • Suicide amongst refugees and asylum seekers
  • Risk factors
  • Recognising suicidal ideation
  • Self-harm vs suicidality
  • Trauma and recovery principles
  • Suicide risk assessment
  • Suicide first aid action plan
  • Vicarious trauma, burnout and self-care

Joshua Hall

Suitable for anyone working with people from refugee backgrounds, particularly those who are not trained as counsellors.

16 October 2020 | Carramar

Time: 9am-1pm

Cost: $199 full | $149 concession

Registration: All registrations are online and payment is by credit card. Please click on the relevant ‘Register’ button above. A confirmation email will be sent to you automatically.

Carramar venue (Sydney)
STARTTS Carramar, 152-168 The Horsley Drive
 Some onsite parking available (enter off Mitchell St), free street parking
Train: Fairfield train station is a 20 minute walk, Carramar train station is a 10 minute walk
Bus: 904 or 905 from Fairfield train station

COVID-19 Measures
STARTTS will return to providing face-to-face workshops from the Carramar office as a part of our public calendar workshop program in August 2020. The following measures will be implemented to comply with physical distancing and hygiene protocols:

  • Each workshop will have a maximum of 6 participants with one person per table. With the 2 trainers in the 90 square metre Carramar large training room, this means each person will have 9 square metres of space each.
  • Everyone entering the Carramar building will be temperature checked on the way in.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available and all surfaces including tables, chairs, door handles and the kitchen will be sprayed with disinfectant spray.
  • Refreshments will be served in individual portions using disposable plates and cups.

Payment of the registration fee is online by credit card and a receipt/confirmation will be automatically emailed to you. An administration fee of $30 applies to all cancellations made more than 14 days before the event. Registration once paid cannot be cancelled 14 days or less before the event, regardless of personal circumstances. Registration can be transferred to another delegate only if STARTTS is informed of the name change. Registration can be transferred to a different workshop only if notice is given to STARTTS 14 days before the date of the original event the delegate registered for. The concession price is for full-time students and pensioners only and a photocopy or pdf of a valid concession card must be forwarded to the STARTTS training team upon registration. Registrations will not be confirmed until full payment is received. The STARTTS Training Team can be contacted at or (02) 9646 6700.

This workshop is available upon request. Please go to the ‘Request Training‘ page for further information about workshop fees and how to make a request for your workplace. Please note that requests need to be made and confirmed at least 6-8 weeks in advance as we do get booked up.

A certificate for the half-day workshop will be emailed after the event to attendees who signed on at a STARTTS calendar event. For workshops delivered by request in your workplace, a certificate for the workshop can be emailed to the participants after the event if the organisation supplies an Excel sheet with the First Name, Last Name and Email address of every participant listed.

CPD hours = 3.0 (for the half day workshop)

This workshop adheres to the continuing professional development standards of most professional bodies. Please check the CPD policy of your professional body.

Phone: (02) 9646 6700  Ask for the Training Administration Officer

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