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Foundations to Suicide Risk Assessment

Event number: 17492
7 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Ms Carmen Betterridge or Dr Kaine Grigg

The foundations workshop will equip clinicians with practical skills in the screening, assessment and recommended management of clients presenting with suicidality.

It combines latest research with practical tools and strategies appropriate to your context, with plenty of opportunity for engaged and reflective practice.

 Topics covered;

 ·         Definitions, terminology, current and emerging trends, theoretical frameworks and models for understanding suicidal behaviour

 ·         Appropriate documentation practices

 ·         Foundations underlying a successful multidisciplinary approach

 ·         A "best practice" approach to suicide screening and assessment

 ·         Examination and application of standardised suicide risk screening and  assessment tools

 ·         Safety planning and recommendations for intervention

 ·         All learning principles are applied through case example analysis


 Additional focus points or contexts for the application of learning principles are sought through your pre-workshop questionnaire. If you would like to present a de-identified case example, context or scenario, please speak with Carmen to ensure the appropriateness of inclusion.

 Learning Outcomes

  • Debunk common myths around suicide

  • Understand and apply appropriate language related to suicidal behaviour

  • Recognise correct and incorrect documentation practices for case notes, communications/correspondence and reports
  • Differentiate between risk and warning signs, in addition to chronic/static, acute, dynamic and moderating, protective factors
  • Recognise and apply key skills for appropriate screening and assessment of suicdiality
  • Examine the virtues and challenges associated with a range of assessment protocols and tools
  • Recognise and apply intervention strategies for identified imminent risk in different settings, including telephone based and face to face contexts
  • Apply principles of safety planning to case example
  • Identify essential aspects to effective multidisciplinary teams



  • 7 CPD hours

  • Comprehensive workbook, client handouts, readings

  • Opportunity to apply learning to your own (de-identified) case examples

  • Full catering, including refreshments upon arrival             

  • Helpful and professional trainer

  • Post-workshop supervision and consultations available**


**See website for details

About the presenter(s)

Carmen is Principal Psychologist and Director of Suicide Risk Assessment Australia, having worked across diverse contexts and people, including those affected by trauma, systemic and intergenerational trauma, persistent pain and occupational distress. Carmen holds postgraduate qualifications in Indigenous Health, Forensic Mental Health and Suicidology. She is a member of national and international working groups to advance suicide assessment practice and how to better support mental health workers thrive in the challenging work environment. She is a Consultant Trainer and Researcher with Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, whilst also consulting across corporate, insurance and private sectors nationally, providing specialist assessments in psychological disorders, psychological injury and suicidality.

Dr Kaine Grigg, Clinical Psychologist and WA State Facilitator, holds a wealth of clinical experience across diverse settings, including with children and adolescents, those impacted by substance dependence, trauma and offending histories, as a Youth Worker, Social Worker, and Psychologist. Kaine has a PhD in Clinical Psychology, with expertise in Forensic Psychology. Kaine has worked in residential AOD units, community health services, forensic mental health hospitals, prisons and juvenile detentions facilities, and in court assessment clinics. Kaine demonstrates considerable expertise in suicide prevention within an array of contexts to complement his breadth of suicide prevention training.


Minimum numbers (10) are required for the workshop to proceed. Please see website for terms and conditions.


Online registration


Hotel Ibis Perth
334 Murray Street
Perth, WA 6000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 28/4/2017
End date: 28/4/2017
Time: 9am - 4.30pm


Cliftons Melbourne
Level 1, 440 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 30/6/2017
End date: 30/6/2017
Time: 9am - 4.30pm


Cliftons Sydney
Level 13, 60 Margaret St
Sydney, NSW 2000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 11/8/2017
End date: 11/8/2017
Time: 9am - 4.30pm


$300 Early Bird
$330 Standard
$285 Student
Discounts available for multiple bookings


Suicide Risk Assessment Australia
SRAA provide best practice psychological assessment, consultation and supervision services, also offering training around suicidality/NSSI across Australia. It is through evidenced based assessment practices and appropriate management that SRAA believe practitioners are better equipped to manage suicidality and the risk presented by vulnerable clients. SRAA pride ourselves in tailoring all services to the practitioner's need – so if you have a need just ask!
Contact Carmen Betterridge
0406 935 225