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The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) is a leading provider of training for professionals working in mental health, and offers the following training on suicide prevention. We can bring any of these courses to your place of work and train a group of professionals for a fixed all-inclusive fee, no matter where you are. All of the training is accredited by APT and delegates receive the relevant level of APT-Accreditation
A 2-day course.
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 worthwhile 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 plan effective treatment.
A 3-day course.
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.
A 2-day course.
Working with people who are considering suicide is qualitatively different from working with depression for example, rather like rescuing someone who is drowning is different from teaching someone to swim. And yet most clinicians don’t want to learn a complete new set of skills that they only use when they are working with suicidality, they want to adapt their pre-existing skills in an effective way. If you are amongst those many clinicians, then this 2-day course is for you.
This course aims for you to become relaxed and optimistic about seeing suicidal people, because you will know how to give them hope, and how to deliver as well as possible on that hope.