Working with Clients with Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm
A 2 day workshop – 12 CPD Hours
Day 1 will cover an introduction to suicide and the appropriate terms, recognising the signs and symptoms, managing the risks of suicide, working with suicidal clients and the impact of client suicide on counsellors and family members.
Day 2 will cover an introduction to self-harm and the varying terminology, myths and risk factors along with the appropriate therapeutic responses when working with clients who are self harming.
Facilitator: Siobhan Quinn, MEd., BSc. Couns/Psy.,Dip. Suicide Studies, Dip. Supervision IACP
Siobhan has extensive experience working in the area for the prevention of suicide and self harm and with families around this subject.
Some myths about suicide
Myth: Only clinically depressed people attempt suicide.
Fact: Suicidal thoughts often follow a serious life event – such as the breakdown of a relationship, losing a job or the death of a loved one. This type of thinking can affect anyone, even if they have no history of depression or other mental health issues.
Myth: Suicide is attention-seeking.
Fact: Someone who attempts suicide needs to be taken seriously and treated with compassion. Without support and professional help, there’s an increased risk of someone trying to take their own life again.
Myth: Talking about suicide encourages it.
Fact: Talking about suicide can save a life by encouraging someone to seek help. Remember APR – Ask, Persuade and Refer. Ask the person if they feel suicidal, persuade them to allow you to get help for them.
Myth: Suicide cannot be prevented.
Fact: Most people who are suicidal don’t really want to die. They just want the pain to stop. Most suicides are preventable. If your friend or family member talks about wanting to die by suicide or having suicidal thoughts, persuade them to get help from a compassionate professional.