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. The ATAPS Suicide Prevention Service is designed to provide support to people in the community who are at risk of suicide or self-harm and is delivered though Divisions of General Practice and Medicare Locals. Under the ATAPS framework, allied health workers have been have been defined to 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 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.
What you need to access this online course
Learners should be able to access this online course with a modern computer or mobile device (including access to a printer). Please check with your IT supplier and your internet provider that your computer and internet service has the following:
- An internet connection with a minimum of 512Kbps bandwidth
- An audio device such as speakers or headphones
- A screen with a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
The APS Institute recommends that persons considering the online training should read its eLearning FAQs.
The APS Institute spot audits registrations by ATAPS practitioners for funded places through contact with relevant Medicare Locals.