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Confident & Competent Suicide Prevention Training Series - Online (2023/02)

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Why this Workshop:

To reduce the high rates of suicide in this country a workforce and confident and competent in assessing risk and providing ongoing support to suicidal people is essential.

Recent coroners’ findings highlighted the need for workers in the health, social services and counselling / psychotherapy sectors to regularly update their knowledge and competency in suicide risk assessment and intervention.This training should be a core part of practitioner's ongoing professional development. Advanced practitioners such as counsellors, psychotherapists and clinicians should not only be knowledgeable about suicide risk assessment but also highly competent in undertaking an assessment and assessing the level of risk. They must also be up to date in their competency and capability to engage with the suicidal people. 

These advanced level workshops addresses the concerns raised by the coroners and is pitched at the scope of practice for clinicians, counsellors and psychotherapists. Consisting of two one-day in-person workshops, the Confident and Competent training series provides a comprehensive suicide intervention training programme. Rather than a siloed approach to assessment and support strategies, this training programmes highlights the interconnection of the two and presents the two as part of the continuum of suicide intervention and care.

Designed specifically for the New Zealand context, this training addresses the concerns made by coroners’ findings and is being recommended by counsellors all over the country as must attend workshops.


By registering for the Confident & Competent Suicide Prevention Training Series you receive a 30% discount off the cost of the registering for the workshops individually - a saving of up to $115

Click on the workshop name, if you wish to only register for 
Risky Business: The art of assessing suicide risk imminent danger (19 & 26 October & 2 November)
Custodians of Hope: Supporting the suicidal person (9 & 16 November)

Online workshop delivery
The online workshop format for TaylorMade workshops is delivered via Zoom in modules. A one day in-person workshop is usually delivered online in either two or three modules which are held weekly. The length of each module is 3 hours.

This workshop is divided into five weekly 3-hour workshops held on Thursdays 9.30am to 12.30pm - 19 & 26 October, 2, 9 & 16 November via Zoom

This workshop series incorporates the Foundation Online Module: Call to Action: What can be done to prevent suicide

Workshop 1: Call to Action: What can be done to prevent suicide - 19 October
Workshop 2: The art of assessing suicide risk and imminent danger - 26 October
Workshop 3: From Checklist to Conversations of Enquiry: A wellbeing approach to assessing suicide risk - 2 November
Workshop 4: Being a Compassionate Changemaker: Supporting the suicidal person - 9 November
Workshop 5: Hope-filled outcomes: Being a custodian of hope to the suicidal person - 16 November

Call to Action: What can be done to prevent suicide

The prevalence of suicide in this country presents significant social, economic and cultural challenges. Its impact on whānau and communities can be devastating which can lead to inter-generational suicide.  Effective suicide prevention must be based on a comprehensive understanding as to why people want to end their lives, i.e. the phenomenon of suicide and the 'suicidal moment'. It is from this lens that participants will explore what is meant by predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating risk factors in suicide.  Replacing a deficit model of suicide prevention this workshop provides a wellbeing approach, with emphasis on sustaining the protective factors known to mitigate suicide risk. The workshop also examines the fours C's required for effective suicide prevention.

Risky Business: The art of assessing suicide risk and imminent danger
Undertaking a suicide risk assessment is not without its complexities. One size does not fit all. This advanced level workshop provides the opportunity for participants to depth their knowledge and competency in the “art” of assessing suicide risk and imminent danger through empathetic dialogue rather than a more traditional assessment interview process. Participants will be introduced to the Conversation of Enquiry which is a series of mini conversations that is client-focused and where the conversation of distress is the primary focus of the enquiry rather than presence of risk factors.

Custodians of Hope: Supporting the suicidal person
Identifying suicide risk is only one aspect of working with the suicidal person. The increasing demand on mental health services means that front line workers are often having to provide ongoing support for those who are vulnerable to suicide but are assessed as not being in imminent danger of suicide.

Workshop participants will explore a range of engagement, support and safe containment outcomes for supporting the suicidal person post the risk assessment process. These outcomes can be applied to any counselling, psychotherapeutic or support model. The outcomes are grouped into:

Manaakitanga, Anchoring, Kōrero, Illumination, Interrupting the suicidal thought, Invitation to Live, Engendering of Hope, Restoring of Wairua, Strategies for coping.


Places in each workshop are limited. If the workshop is full please register your name on the waitlist

Group Booking Discount: Book 3 or more participants in one booking and receive 30% discount off each registration

Payment: Payment is by either:
Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard) or 
Instalment payment (ZIP and Afterpay) 
Invoice - Organisations can request to pay by invoice. At payment method click on Invoice,

    Terms for Payment By Invoice
    Payment by Invoice is only for NGOs, Government Departments, Te Whatu Ora, PHOs, Schools and tertiary organisations, businesses.

    By selecting to pay by invoice the organisation agrees to the following conditions:

    1.  Your place in the workshop is not confirmed until payment has been received. Payment of the invoice must be made within seven days of registering to avoid having your registration cancelled. Late payment fees apply.

    2.  A Tax Invoice from TaylorMade Training and Consulting will be sent to you separately which will contain bank details for payment.  

    3.  By registering for the workshop, you agree to the cancellation and policy. (refer below).  Organisations who cancel within seven days of the workshop and have not paid the invoice for the outstanding registration fee are still obligated to pay the outstanding debt.

    Cancellation and Refund Policy
    Workshops can fill quickly. If you are no longer able to attend the workshop please cancel your registration as soon as possible. The following refund policy is strictly adhered to.

    Cancellation up to seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop:  Full Refund less $40+GST admin fee

    Cancellation within seven days prior to the commencement of the workshop: No refund but registration can be transferred to another person. To transfer your registration log on to your registration and update the name and contact details to the new person attending.

    Non attendance:   No refund

    Disclaimer: The information and professional advice delivered in the workshop and the associated printed material is provided solely on the basis that before relying on this material, participants should obtain appropriate advice relevant to their particular circumstance to evaluate its accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance for their purposes. TaylorMade Training and Consulting will not be liable for any damages of any kind to any person or entity arising from the use of this information. Your attendance at this workshop reflects your acceptance of this statement.

    Organiser Contact Details

    Barry Taylor
    Principal Consultant |  TaylorMade Training and Consulting
    Office:  04 280 0146                           Mobile:  022 397 9294
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    Refund policy

    Refunds are available up to 7 days prior to the event