A comprehensive screening tool for assessing suicide risk
STARS is a person-centred, psycho-social needs based semi-structured interview. It was developed to provide a very initial insight into the complex world of a suicidal person to inform immediate collaborative and compassionate client care, including further examination of suicidality as necessary.
THE PURPOSE OF STARS
- To enhance worker understanding of the client's story by enticing worker reflection on the client rated concerns of contributing factors towards the suicidal state and experience.
- To assist and guide workers on ways to elicit key client reported concerns subjectively perceived to contribute to suicidality.
- To provide workers with guiding domains of enquiry concerning empirically based risk and protective factor information, short-term or proximal indicators of suicide risk (e.g. warning signs), and current and past suicidality contexts (based on the subjective meaning of these factors for the client).
About the training
Administration of the STARS protocol requires mandated training and involves a 2 day workshop. The program costs $770 and this includes usage of the STARS protocol for 12 months as well as all workbooks, handouts, articles and hard and electronic copies of the STARS protocol (a one-day refresher course is required for re-licensing purposes after 12 months). Please email Jacinta Hawgood at STARS@griffith.edu.au for more information.