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Suicide prevention professional development training: V2

Event number: 9179
8 CPD hours
APS Institute CPD

Important Note

We are committed to bringing you high quality, best practice, up-to-date resources. In recent years, new information and new approaches have enhanced evidence-based practice, so we wish to include this information in sections of this program.

To enable this to occur, we are suspending new enrolments for two months (until November 2016). We are working with experts in the field and will bring you a revised version as soon as this process is completed.

For current enrollees we are proposing a bridging process whereby you can either continue completing the course and participate for free in a couple of webinars which offer new material particularly on risk assessment (to be provided over the next two months). Or, you can suspend enrolment until the course is revised and complete the new course for free.

Many PHNs currently require you to complete this course to be eligible to provide ATAPS services. Please be assured that we will be contacting PHNs to inform them of this proposed update.


The aim of this Suicide Prevention Professional Development Training is to equip allied health clinicians with foundational knowledge and skills which will assist them to work engage with people and populations at risk of suicide and serious self-harm. The course consists of four modules that address: understanding suicide and suicidal behaviour; risk assessment and crisis intervention; working with populations at risk of suicide or serious self-harm; and referrals and self-care for allied health workers. Each module includes a printable learning guide, online video presentations, interactive activities, readings, and other relevant resources to enable demonstration of active professional development.

Upon completing this training course, allied health clinicians will be eligible to work under the ATAPS Suicide Prevention Service.. Under the ATAPS framework, allied health workers can include psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers. The Australian Psychological Society developed initial training and the course with funding from the then Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. For details about the ATAPS program please click here.

Duration of enrolment

The course duration is 6 months from the date of your course registration.

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