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Legal and Ethical Aspects to Suicide Risk Assessment

Event number: 19160
7 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Carmen Betterridge or Dr Kaine Grigg
 A one day workshop for practitioners focusing on understanding legal and ethical requirements when assessor working with suicidality. 
There is a strong focus on documentation, treatment/management formulation, collaborative management and Safety Planning.
Further, we explore concerns highlighted by Coronial Inquests regarding practitioner’s actions based on SRAAs evaluations of findings.
Core Topics
 ·         Understanding informed consent, capacity to consent and limits of confidentiality
 ·         Examine strengths and weaknesses of various assessment protocols, tools and psychometrics in the assessment of suicidality
 ·         Identify legal obligations in detecting and responding to suicidal clients
 ·         Evidence legally and ethically appropriate case note documentation, correspondence and/or report writing examples
 ·         Brief discussion on responding to subpoena’s
 ·         Coroners findings regarding practitioner’s actions in cases of suicide
 ·         Formiulation and synthesis of information, applied to case example/s
 ·         Identify key strategies for your professional practice that aim to reduce your professional liability
 ·         Comprehensive workbook, client handouts, readings
 ·         Extensive opportunity for application of learning with real case examples (you are invited to provide a de-identified case or context)
 ·         Full catering, including refreshments upon arrival                     
 ·         Helpful and professional trainers
 ·         Post-workshop supervision and consultations available** 
Additional venue details
Why attend this course
 SRAA are providers of training detailing evidence based, best practice and current research, which is directly applicable to your work and client group.
 SRAA are unique whereby we seek participants input at the point of registration (through a pre-workshop questionnaire) where you have the opportunity of tailoring your learning to your needs (conditions apply*) - with opportunities to explore your experiences through offering your own (de-identified) case examples for consideration, ethical dilemmas, protocol review or other relevant circumstances for inclusion in your training (conditions apply*) to ensure your expectations and professional needs are met. These opportunities are woven into our core training principles and topics.
Specifically, SRAA work to ensure that all participants have an opportunity to maximise their learning and apply the value of these workshops to their current practice.
 *Should requests fall outside the scope of training, alternative opportunities will be discussed and offered.
 **See website for details
 In registering for this workshop, you agree that you will not reproduce, in part or full, any aspect of the workshop or materials supplied by SRAA. 
 SRAA hold exclusive copyright to this workshop, and does not licence or permit any aspect of the workshop or Materials to be delivered or reproduced. Prohibited acts include, without limitation, the reproduction of the Materials in a material form, the publishing of the Materials, the communication of the Materials to the public and the making of any adaptation of the Materials.
 Materials is legally defined as SRAA authored booklets, seminar papers, slides and other printed or textual subject matter concerning or addressing the topic of suicide in general and the assessment of suicide risk in particular, authored by SRAA.

About the presenter(s)

Carmen is Principal Psychologist and Director of Suicide Risk Assessment Australia, having worked with across diverse contexts and peoples, including those affected by trauma, persistent pain and occupational distress. Carmen holds postgraduate qualifications in Indigenous Health, Forensic Mental Health and Suicidology, and is a member of national and international working groups to advance suicide assessment practice and how to better support mental health workers in this area. 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 special 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 DPsych in Clinical Psychology, with a special focus on 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 are required for the workshop to run. Please see website for terms and conditions.


Online registration


Cliftons Sydney
Level 13, 60 Margaret Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 14/12/2017
End date: 14/12/2017
Time: 8.30am for 9am start - 4.30pm


Hotel Ibis Perth
334 Murray Street
Perth, WA 6000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 4/5/2018
End date: 4/5/2018
Time: 8.30am for 9am start - 4.30pm


Cliftons Melbourne
Level 1, 440 Collins St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 11/5/2018
End date: 11/5/2018
Time: 8.30am for 9am start - 4.30pm


Cliftons Brisbane
Level 3, 288 Edwards St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 8/6/2018
End date: 8/6/2018
Time: 8.30am for 9am start - 4.30pm


Rockford Adelaide
164 Hindley St
Adelaide, SA 5000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 22/6/2018
End date: 22/6/2018
Time: 8.30am for 9am start - 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