Tue, Aug 13


Days Inn & Convention Centre - Cranbrook

Beyond the Suicide Assessment: Helping Those Who Are Struggling

This advanced PD presentation focuses on how to help those who chronically reside in a state of not wanting to live, but they are not actively at risk for suicide and/or are not eligible to be admitted for in-patient psychiatric care.

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Time & Location

Aug 13, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Days Inn & Convention Centre - Cranbrook, 600 Cranbrook St N, Cranbrook, BC V1C 3R7, Canada

About The Event

Are you eligible to take this professional development workshop?

  • This workshop is ONLY for those who have taken at least one training in suicide assessment/prevention because this workshop is NOT about teaching: (a) what suicide is, (b) how do a suicide risk assessment, or (c) standard suicide prevention strategies.
  • This workshop is focused on how to work with those who have already been assessed to be at risk for suicide, and they are not eligible to be admitted for psychiatric in-patient care.
  • Ideally, for ease of learning, it might be best to take this workshop after you have taken Dr. Dawn's emotional regulation workshop.
  • This workshop will not address self-harm, mass suicide, or beliefs systems that support taking one’s life as a sign of self-sacrifice.

Learning goals:

  • Examine the psychological needs that are often associated with those who chronically reside in a state of not wanting to live (but are not actively at high risk for completing suicide).
  • Discuss how these underlying motives can be addressed in treatment in a way that is respectful of an already overwhelmed nervous system.
  • Examine the challenges and psychological toll workers’ encounter when working with high-risk clients (e.g. triggering, rescuing, and withdrawal actions).
  • Discuss how standard risk factors for suicide may be misleading.
  • Identify various strategies to help the worker stay calm and grounded when managing high "red or very low "blue" energy from a client and how the worker’s mirror neurons can be used to help the client.
  • Describe at least 8+ creative intervention strategies that may be helpful in reducing the client’s chronic need to consider suicide. Practice at least 3+ of these intervention strategies.
  • Identify ethically sound documentation practices when working with those who report chronic suicide concerns.
  • Offer open time to process, debrief, and problem solve unique situations involving suicide threats.

Other details:

    • Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided throughout the day.
    • Lunch is on your own. Feel free to bring a bag lunch.
    • Parking is free for the workshop.
    • Receipts and handouts will be provided at the start of the workshop.
    • Cancellation policy: Refunds (minus $5 processing fee) will be issued if an email requesting withdraw from the workshop is dated at least 10 days before the start of the workshop. Refunds will not be offered after this date. If we cancel the workshop due to low enrollment, a full refund will be issued on or before the day of the workshop.


    ** Early bird registration: $124.00 plus taxes (12%) = $140.00 if payment is received before July 31, 2019.

    ** Regular registration: $140.00 plus taxes (12%) = $156.80 for all payments on/after August 1, 2019.

    ** A 10% discount is offered for a group registration for 6 or more people. Please contact our DPS Business Manager, Jarvis Larson (his contact information is below) to receive an invoice for the group registration. Thank you.

    Questions: Please contact DPS Business Manager: Mr. Jarvis Larson

    Registration, with coffee/tea, starts at 8:00 a.m., where you can sign in, receive your receipt and handout package. The workshop runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.