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Reflecting on and Processing Suicide in Supervision: An online course for counselling / clinical supervisors (SUP23/02)

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Event description

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.

Based on the latest suicide prevention research evidence, workforce development and sector capability building are critical strategic actions to achieve a confident and competent workforce. Examples of this are:

  • The provision of advanced competency basedsuicide prevention training pitched at the level of counsellors' and clinicians' scope of practice
  • Workforce that operares within the ethical and legal obligations of their code of practice
  • Clinical supervisors who are skilled to assist the supervisee to reflect on their interaction with a suicidal person and to ensure safe and competent practice

Workshop Description

It is with these outcomes in mind that this workshop for clinical / counselling supervisors was developed. Being offered for the first time in Aotearoa-New Zealand, this workshop provides the opportunity for supervisors to reflect ontheir own understanding and experience of the suicidal client as well as the issues around suicidality that the supervisee raises in supervision.

The workshop will focus on the different issues and dynamics arising in suicide risk assessment, safe containment, referal to other services.

The group process in the workshop will focus on identifying useful strategies to assist the supervisee to process their interactions with clients across the suicidal continuum - pre-suicidal, suicidal ideation, imminent danger, suicidal behaviour and attempts, death by suicide.

Topics covered:

  • The role of supervision around suicidality - identifying supervision outcomes
  • Legal and ethical considerations when working with the suicidal client
  • Did I miss anything? - the impact of suicide on the confidence and competence of the practitioner 
  • Suicide and trauma
  • The completed suicide - processing the death at a professional and personal level
  • Accompanying a practitioner through the coronial process

Online Workshop Delivery: The online workshop format is delivered via Zoom in 3 hour modules. A one day in-person workshop is usually delivered online as either a two or three workshop series.

This workshop will be delivered on Mondays 6 & 13 November 2023 - 1 - 4 pm.


Barry has worked in mental wellbeing promotion and suicide prevention/postvention for 35 years at the local, national and international levels.  His extensive experience includes sitting on state and national government advisory committees; designing, implementing and evaluating suicide prevention programs; writing suicide prevention guidelines, training packages and community resources; providing technical advice to community based and national mental wellbeing and suicide prevention programs. 

He has led multiple ‘firsts’ in the context of suicide prevention and postvention both in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas.  In recognition of his outstanding contribution to mental wellbeing and suicide prevention, he was awarded in 2016 the NSW Mental Health Commissioner's Community Champion Award.  He currently sits on the Health and Disability Ethics Committee.

A pioneer in suicide risk assessment training in this country, Barry's insights are informed by a comprehensive and critical understanding of the research and latest thinking in both the national and international suicide prevention sector.

Drawing also on his extensive experience in engaging, assessing and supporting suicidal people from different cultures, age groups,genders and sexualities,he offers practical and time proven approaches to undertaking an effective assessment.

As a health sociologist, Barry offers an unique insight into the evolving phenomenon of suicide in the New Zealand context and the critical social and cultural determinants that have influenced it, insights that very few others trainers or training programs in this country provide. The workshop is enriched by the learnings from Barry's own lived experience of depression and suicidality and his pathway to recovery.

After a number of years overseas, Barry is living back in New Zealand and is passionate about building the knowledge base, competence and capability within our country to effectively respond to the unacceptably high rate of suicide in this country.


Places in the 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