AISRAP invites you to register your attendance at one of the free upcoming AISRAP STARS workshops.
Brisbane: 9th June, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Venue: Griffith University Mt Gravatt Campus, Building M10, room 5.02, 176 Messines Ridge Rd, Mt Gravatt Qld 4122.
Melbourne: 16th June, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Venue: Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens, 13 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000.
Sydney: 23rd June, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Venue: Mercure Hotels Sydney, 818-820 George St, Ultimo NSW 2007.
AISRAP STARS (Screening Tool for Assessing Risk of Suicide) is a guiding framework for information-gathering about a person's presenting experience of a "suicidal state", in order to support decision-making about safety planning (commensurate with a 'current' appraisal of suicide risk). This tool is meant to elicit a sufficient level of assessment of the individual, thus providing a guide for risk management and safety planning/recovery.
- Knowledge of principles and key concepts underpinning the applications of STARS.
- Key skills in application of STARS tool.
- Knowledge and skills in risk mitigation documentation and commensurate safety response.
This workshop assumes that participants have experience in working with suicidal clients, as well as basic knowledge about suicide risk factors, protective factors, warning signs and assessment principles.
All workshops are scheduled with 8:30 am registration and 9:00 am start. Workshops are free. A fee of $50 is charged for catering costs.
Seats are strictly limited; please RSVP by 31st May 2016.
Registrations and payments can be made via Griffith Pay. To use Griffith Pay, please register as a user.
Please choose the preferred venue at registration, and indicate any dietary requirements.
Parking: Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens and Mercure Hotels Sydney have onsite parking for $35 per day. Griffith University has onsite parking at $6 per day.
For any enquiries, please contact our Research Development Manager, Mrs Wendy Iverson.
BSSc, BPsy (Hons), MClinPsy, MAPS
Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Ms Jacinta Hawgood has worked at AISRAP since 2000. She has a Bachelor of SocialScience (Human Services), Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), Master of Clinical Psychology and, is a fully registered, Clinically Endorsed, Psychologist (APHRA). She is a Senior Lecturer, Program and Course Convenor for the Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention and Master of Suicidology Programs, which she jointly developed with Professor Diego De Leo in 2001. She has delivered suicide prevention skills training workshops and seminars since 2000 and has worked extensively in the development, implementation andevaluation of online suicide prevention training and education since this time. Jacinta has specialist clinical and research interest in suicide risk assessment and since 2013, has provided expert advice and guidance on the same to the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning and more recently, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (Qld) for the development of State-wide emergency department training and mental health guidelines in this domain.
Jacinta has worked on a number of research projects and consultancies for Wesley Mission (LifeForce), SANE Australia, Department of Veteran Affairs, Mates in Construction, Suicide Prevention Australia, Roses in the Ocean, Australian Psychological Society, Queensland Corrective Services, and Commonwealth Department of Health to mention a few. Jacinta is a member on several government and non-government advisory boards regarding suicide prevention, and has a reviewing role for peer-reviewed journals in this domain. She has presented research findings at a range of state, national and international conferences, has co-authored and edited a book, book chapters, and several peer-reviewed articles and government reports in the field.
- Suicide Prevention Curriculum
- Suicide Prevention Training Online
- Suicide in Occupations
- Suicide in Farmers
Current teaching areas
- Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention Studies
- Master of Suicidology
- Primary prevention
- Engagement and risk assessment
- Crisis intervention
- Postvention and bereavement
- Secondary impacts on the worker/interventionist
- Clinical practice in suicide intervention and management
Ms Carmen Betterridge BSc(Psych), GDipAppPsy, GDipIndigH, MForMentH, MSuicidology (MAPS) (Brisbane; Melbourne; Sydney): Carmen is a Registered Psychologist holding postgraduate qualifications in Indigenous Health, Forensic Mental Health and Suicidology. She is passionate about suicide prevention and delivers training, supervision and consultation services on suicide risk assessment and management across Australia in her role as Director of Suicide Risk Assessment Australia. She has recently been appointed as a consultant trainer and researcher with AISRAP, where she undertook her Master in Suicidology. Her experience includes working with adolescents and adults experiencing persistent pain conditions, undertaking rehabilitation, having experienced domestic and family violence, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, and mental health concerns, including suicidality. Carmen has worked as a Consultant Psychologist in a medico-legal capacity for over ten years, offering legally defensible and clinically sound assessment of psychological disorder, including suicide risk, to the corporate, insurance and private sectors.
Mental Health Workers, Clinicians, Therapists
2 day Workshop by Professor David Jobes, founder of Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)
Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th of July, 2016
First Australian Workshop on CAMS latest theory, clinical and research findings
Workshop Aim: to facilitate the adherent use of CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) via supportive training by the developer of CAMS, Prof Dave Jobes.
- Understand the overall philosophy and conceptual and skills-based elements of the CAMS framework;
- Gain knowledge and skills for effective and competent application of the central CAMS clinical tool called the "Suicide Status Form" (SSF); and
- Demonstrate these skills during a live role-play training of the framework, as well as understand its usefulness in specific treatment, research and work settings relevant to each participant's background/workplace.
Dr. David Jobes
Professor of Psychology & Associate Director of Clinical Training
Department of Psychology, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA
David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Clinical Training at The Catholic University of America; he is an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has published five books and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Jobes is a past President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and he is the recipient of various awards for his scientific work including the 1995 AAS "Shneidman Award" (early career contribution to suicidology), the 2012 AAS "Dublin Award" (for career contributions in suicidology), and the 2016 AAS "Linehan Award" (for suicide treatment research). He has been a consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the FBI, the Department of Defense, and Veterans Affairs. Dr. Jobes is member of the Scientific Council and the Public Policy Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is Board certified in clinical psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology). Dr. Jobes maintains a private clinical and forensic practice at the Washington Psychological Center.
When: Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th of July, 2016
Where: The Greek Club, West End, Brisbane, Queensland.
Total Cost (2 day workshop): $385 per person
Registration is now open
To attend this event, please register here.
Please email AISRAP for any enquiries.
This workshop has limited seating capacity, RSVP is essential.
World Suicide Prevention Day, 9 September 2016
AISRAP will be hosting a Forum for World Suicide Prevention Day 2016 in Brisbane. Our event will be held on Friday, 9 September 2016 at The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone St, South Brisbane QLD 4101.
The theme for 2016 is Connect. Communicate. Care. For more information about World Suicide Prevention Day, please see the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) website.
Call for submissions: Lived Experience Registration Bursary - please email Wendy Iverson
Psychosocial therapy to people at risk of suicide in the Danish Suicide Prevention Clinics: a register-based multicenter study presented by Associate Professor Annette Erlangsen
Friday 22 January, 2016
Although people after self-harm are at elevated risks of repeating self-harm as well as dying by suicide and other causes of death, the evidence for effective interventions is meager. Danish Suicide Prevention Clinics have since 1992 offered psychosocial therapy to persons at risk of suicide in an out-patient setting. The current study examined whether psychosocial therapy after self-harm was linked to lower risks of repeated self-harm, suicide, and general mortality using a propensity score matched control group.
All people who, after self-harm, received a psychosocial therapy intervention at seven Suicide Prevention Clinics in Denmark during 19922010 were compared with people who did not receive the psychosocial therapy intervention after self-harm. Using the unique personal identifiers, clinical data was linked to national register data in this matched cohort study. Propensity score matching was applied with a 1:3 ratio and 31 matching factors, and odds ratios for 1, 5, 10, and 20 years of follow-up were calculated. The primary endpoints were repeated self-harm, death by suicide, and death by any cause.
A total of 5,678 recipients of psychosocial therapy after self-harm were observed over 42,828 person-years and matched with 17 034 individuals with no psychosocial therapy. A lower risk of repeated self-harm and general mortality was found for recipients after short-term and long-term follow-up. On long-term follow-up, a protective effect was also noted for death by suicide.
Associate Professor Annette Erlangsen
Annette Erlangsen PhD is an Associate Professor and Program Leader at the Research Unit of Mental Health Centre Copenhagen, Denmark. Furthermore, she is Adjunct Associate Professorship at the Department of Mental Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the USA. Dr. Erlangsen is dedicated to evidence-based research on prevention of suicide and she has, with colleagues, conducted studies on psychosocial interventions for people at risk of suicide, bereaved by suicide, affected by suicide attempt as well as suicide in high risk populations, research applied to record linkage data. Dr. Erlangsen has recently received the Alexander Gralnick Award of the American Association of Suicidology and the Danish Nordentoft Award.
Effect of assertive outreach after suicide attempt in the AID (Assertive Intervention for Deliberate Self-harm) trial: randomised controlled trial presented by Britt Morthorst
Tuesday 16 February, 2016
Objective: To determine if an assertive outreach intervention after suicide attempt compared to standard treatment was able to reduce the frequency of suicidal acts.
Design: Randomised, parallel-group, superiority trial with blinded outcome assessment.
Setting: Outpatient intervention carried out at a single location at Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark.
Participants: Patients > 12 years of age with a recent suicide attempt, admitted to regional hospitals in Copenhagen. Patients diagnosed with schizophrenia spectrum disorders and patients living in institutions were not included.
Intervention: Case-management as assertive outreach providing crises intervention and flexible, problem solving, incorporating motivational support and actively assisting patients to scheduled appointments in order to improve adherence with after-treatment as add on to standard treatment.
Main outcome: Repeated suicide attempt and death by suicide recorded in medical records and death register at one-year follow-up.
Conclusion: A significant effect of the AID-intervention was not found. Comparing register data with self-reports on subsequent events could indicate a potential detection bias.
This presentation will include a discussion on what we can learn from the Danish study.
Britt Morthorst is a Visiting International Scholar at AISRAP. She is a PhD student at Faculty of Health Science at University of Copenhagen. She has been employed at the Research Unit Mental Health Center Copenhagen for more than ten years conducting clinical trials of psychosocial interventions such as assertive outreach, individual placement support, and Mental Health First AID training. Britt Morthorst is a consultant for the Ministry of Social Affairs in Denmark in relation to self-harm behavior and evidence based treatment.
Preventing Suicide: The Solution Focused Approach presented by John Henden
Tuesday 15 March, 2016
This evening seminar is for therapists, counsellors and researchers wanting to know more about how lives are saved from a solution focused (SF) perspective. Some of the effective techniques and points covered during the evening will be:
- How we can tell whether someone is suicidal or not
- Sample questions to elicit suicidal ideation
- Being as effective as possible: 10 key points to cover
- Rapid rapport building
- Empathy and deep empathy
- Pre-session change and exception finding
- Sample questions for when suicidal ideation has been established
- The Miracle Question (Adapted) and Scaling
- Presuppositional language, generally; and presuppositional questions, specifically
- The power of compliments
- Worst case (graveside/crematorium) scenario
- Ending a session positively, constructively and assertively with a suicidal service user
John Henden has specialized in this area for over 20 years. His internationally best-selling book on the subject is written in an easy-to-understand-and-apply style. The book, Preventing Suicide: the Solution Focused Approach, is shortly to be translated into both Japanese and Russian, with current interest from Poland and Finland. Suicide is a great problem worldwide and the SF approach has a track record in being highly effective and should, therefore, be adopted more widely. The evidence base for SF continues to grow (Franklin, et al, 2011; www.solutionsdoc.co.uk ) It is a tragedy that many approaches to suicide prevention do not deliver on prevention targets.
John Henden, BA(Hons) RMN Dip Couns (Univ of Bristol) MBACP FRSA
JOHN HENDEN is an internationally renowned trainer, author, therapist and performance coach. For over 20 years, he worked within UK NHS mental health services firstly as a practitioner, then as a manager, during a time of rapid change. He delivers training courses from a broad portfolio; and also, provides organisations with personal coaching and mentoring services. His client list includes UK NHS Trusts, SSAFA, HM Forces, Helsinki Psychotherapy Institute, Local Authorities, HM Prison Service, Compass Seminars Australia, SF Academy (Singapore), SF Consortium (Russia) and Krotkoterminowej Therapy Centre (Poland). John has a background in psychology, is a qualified counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). He is also a presenter at both the European Brief Therapy Association (EBTA) and Solutions in Organisations Link-up (SOL), being a founder member of the latter.
John delivers a broad portfolio of 2-day and 3-day intensive solution focused (SF) workshops to many and various organisations, enabling staff to be more time- and cost-effective. Also, he has developed a special interest in two specialist SF areas.
His first specialist subject area is Suicide Prevention. His book on this subject which is now into its 4th printing, and is currently being translated into Japanese, is:
Henden, J. (2008). Preventing Suicide: the Solution Focused Approach. John Wiley & Sons
The second of these is Recovery from Severe Trauma & Stress. As a SF therapist he has worked successfully with many survivors of traumatic experiences such as armed robbery, near-death experiences, rape, road traffic collisions, sudden death and military combat. John teaches how both the basic SF techniques and advanced techniques are applied for successful outcomes with such clients. His book on the subject is:
Henden, J. (2011). Beating Combat Stress: 101 Techniques for Recovery. Wiley-Blackwell (Already into its 3rd printing)
As a counsellor and therapist for individual work, John finds the SF approach applicable across the widest range of mental health problems, including chronic depression, relationship difficulties, alcohol dependency, psychotic experiences; and, of course, severe trauma and suicide. Within the last 20 years, John has worked with some 400 individual clients drawn from public, private and voluntary sector organisations.
As a trainer, in adopting an action-learning approach, John has an energetic and captivating teaching style, which enables participants to remain both alert and involved throughout. His alternating use of short presentations, audio visuals, paired and small groupwork, ensures not only all learning styles are catered for, but participants find the training both enjoyable and worthwhile.