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

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

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.

Joshua Hall

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

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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