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Suicide Prevention training

Suicide Prevention Training:
The Professional Management of Suicide-Risk and Suicidality.

Suicide prevention training is a vitally important topic because it affects so many people, and it affects them so deeply. So far we have not been especially good at it, either in the UK or worldwide, and we have developed the Professional Management of Suicide Risk and Suicidality programme to try to remedy that.

The programme consists of two courses, and you can have either or both:

1. Suicide-Risk Assessment and Management (2 days)  ❯

2. Building a Life Worth Living: Psychosocial Interventions for Suicidality (3 days)  ❯



1. Suicide-Risk Assessment & Management.

Suicide-risk Assessment and Management is a 2-day course from the UK's leading independent provider of training in mental health and related areas. We bring this APT-Accredited course to your own organisation, for maximum cost-effectiveness, and up to 15 people can attend.

Executive Summary:

Suicide is a terrible phenomenon with thousands of people taking their own lives in the UK and worldwide, every year, and we don't respond to it especially well: around 50% of people who end their own lives have seen their doctors in the previous week and about 90% in the previous year. To intervene better, we need to be able to spot those who are at risk, to manage the risk (do our best to ensure it doesn't happen), and intervene to help people build a rewarding life long-term.

This 2-day course focuses on the first two of those three factors, and is based on APT's acclaimed DICES programme for risk assessment and management. It focuses purely on the risk of suicide, covering

1. Risk Assessment

2. Risk Management

3. How to verify and demonstrate you have assessed and managed risk

and does so in a client-focused way, designed to help the client from the very first moment of contact.

Equally, many professionals become anxious about seeing patients who are suicidal, so this course aims also to help us become relaxed and optimistic about seeing suicidal people, because we will know what to do: we will notice them, we will be able to manage their suicidality, we will be able to give them hope for the future.

We bring this APT-Accredited course to your own organisation, for maximum cost-effectiveness, and up to 15 people can attend. Refresher course also available.

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Who should attend:

All professionals who sometimes see people who are at risk of suicide, whether in residential facilities, outpatient facilities or in the community.

Note: the age of the people you see is immaterial, it is a fallacy that it is 'mainly young men' who take their own lives. Suicide is one of the top causes of death in young men because other illnesses are less prevalent at that age. Suicide itself however continues through the years.

Equally on gender, although some people make the point that three times as many men than women end their own lives in the UK, it is still the case that 1,500 women do so every year, a substantial figure.

Course aims:

The course covers:

What this course will do for you:

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Level 1 accreditation, and receive a certificate to this effect. The accreditation gives you access to online resources associated with the course.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher which also upgrades your accreditation to APT Level 2 if you are successful in the associated online exam.

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 100,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.

How can I make a booking?

Option 1: Bring the course to your organisation:

We bring this 2-day course to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee of £3,050 plus VAT and up to 15 people can attend.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

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Option 2: 'Train the Trainer':

If you or a colleague are a senior professional (e.g. consultant psychologist) and have a talent for communication and teaching, then you are welcome to apply to become an APT-accredited tutor. You could then tutor the course - or your chosen modules from it - in your own organisation, under license.

This is not only a highly appropriate use of senior professionals, but it also saves your organisation the tutor-component of the fee (around 50%) each time you run it or your chosen modules.

To see the full benefits of this and to see whether you are eligible, click the button:

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Downloadable information sheet:

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2. Building a Life Worth Living: Psychosocial Interventions for Suicidality.

Building a Life Worth Living™ is a 3-day course from the UK's leading independent provider of training in mental health and related areas. We bring this APT-Accredited course to your own organisation, for maximum cost-effectiveness, and up to 15 people can attend.

Executive Summary:

There is more to working with suicidality than risk assessment and management, and having mastered those, we need then to be able to help people to build lives that are genuinely worth living. It is unrealistic to think we can create lives that are completely free of suffering, but perfectly realistic to help create lives that are worth suffering for. And this 3-day course strives to achieve just that.

It is also true that some professionals become anxious about seeing patients who are suicidal, so what this course aims to do is to help us become relaxed and optimistic about seeing suicidal people, because we will know how to give them hope, and how to deliver as well as possible on that hope.

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Who should attend:

All professionals who sometimes work with people who are at risk of suicide, whether in residential facilities, outpatient facilities or in the community.

Note: the age of the people you see is immaterial, it is a fallacy that it is 'mainly young men' who take their own lives. Suicide is one of the top causes of death in young men because other illnesses are less prevalent at that age. Suicide itself however continues through the years.

Equally on gender, although some people make the point that three times as many men than women end their own lives in the UK, it is still the case that 1,500 women do so every year, a substantial figure.

Course aims:

The course covers:

What this course will do for you:

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Level 1 accreditation, and receive a certificate to this effect. The accreditation gives you access to online resources associated with the course.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher which also upgrades your accreditation to APT Level 2 if you are successful in the associated online exam.

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 100,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.

How can I make a booking?

Option 1: Bring the course to your organisation:

We bring this 3-day course to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee of £4,165 plus VAT and up to 15 people can attend.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

Book now

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Option 2: 'Train the Trainer':

If you or a colleague are a senior professional (e.g. consultant psychologist) and have a talent for communication and teaching, then you are welcome to apply to become an APT-accredited tutor. You could then tutor the course - or your chosen modules from it - in your own organisation, under license.

This is not only a highly appropriate use of senior professionals, but it also saves your organisation the tutor-component of the fee (around 50%) each time you run it or your chosen modules.

To see the full benefits of this and to see whether you are eligible, click the button:

Check eligibility criteria

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Downloadable information sheet:

Click here to download a printable information sheet


Share this course with your colleagues:


APT Accreditation

As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course. APT verifies the accreditation by publishing the delegates' average ratings of relevance and presentation-quality for all its accredited courses. The accreditation is given value by over 100,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

Quick Links


The DICES® Risk Assessment & Management System  ❯


Assessment, Risk Assessment, and Intervention, in Crisis Situations  ❯

Feedback Ratings

Feedback Ratings.

We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings for the last ten runnings of this course.

Average Presentation rating: 97%

Average Relevance rating: 95%



*These statistics were last updated in April 2017.

Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments The Professional Management of Suicide Risk and Suicidality™ course has received.

"I have found this course one of the most interesting, thought provoking and inspiring courses I have been on and will definitely take my new knowledge forward in my practice."

"At my level, communication and interpersonal skills training in such a topic is an excellent opportunity to help develop my skills to motivate and train my team. I am sure this course will be beneficial to our unit and the client group."

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