AISRAP's Suicide Prevention Skills Training Workshops provide a complete knowledge and skills based approach to suicide prevention training across prevention, intervention and postvention. The workshop has been developed for those working in a broad range of fields including health, education, emergency, clergy, law enforcement, community and social services.
Training workshops can be tailored to specific organisational requirements and vary from half, one or two day workshops. Shorter in-service courses are also offered.
AISRAP originally developed a training package for preventing suicide in young people, which was targeted at a wide range of workers from health, education, community, emergency, youth, and corrective services sectors. This training package was informed by a large-scale Needs Analysis of diverse workers in the field of suicide prevention in Queensland, and was funded by the Queensland Government Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy. AISRAP further extended this package beyond a focus on young people, to the 'whole of lifespan'.
This program was developed to meet a set of nationally recognised industry competencies, grouped together under the title of A Course in Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention. The course met accreditation requirements of the Australian Quality Training Framework.
The aim of AISRAP's training is to develop participants' awareness, knowledge and skills in suicide prevention. Specifically, it is expected that participants will develop a common set of understandings and skills as members of the community who are concerned with suicide prevention.
The training program looks at all levels of action: prevention, intervention and postvention. It is different from other training programs in that it goes beyond the face-to-face 'first-aid' skills commonly associated with working in suicide prevention. The training program takes the particular focus of promoting evidence-based and best practice based prevention, intervention and postvention, and the content is regularly updated with current research.
To further participants' skill development, the following Specialised Training Modules have been developed as part of the training package:
- Community Development
- Advanced Risk Assessment
- Assessment Skills for Working with Young People (Education)
- Suicide Prevention in Indigenous Communities
- Working with Indigenous Young People
- Postvention in Indigenous Communities
- Postvention in the School Setting
- What You Need to Know About Suicide Prevention in a Department of Emergency Medicine
- Current Research in Suicide and Suicide Prevention
Organizations that have previously received AISRAP's training (including on an annual basis) include:
- Queensland Ambulance Service
- Queensland Police
- Queensland Fire Service
- Epic Employment
- Queensland Corrective Services
- Queensland Divisions of General Practice
- TAFE Queensland
- Queensland Health
- Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service (Queensland)
- Currumbin Private Hospital
- Queensland Building Construction Industry
- Kinnections Family and Relationships Centre
- Assure Programs
- Rotary Lions Clubs (Local clubs in Queensland)
- No Time to Say Goodbye (Bereavement Group, Noosa)
- Women's Correctional Centre (Brisbane)
- Community Forensic Mental Health Service (Queensland Health)
For further information please email Jacinta Hawgood and provide a short brief on your organisation's requirements.
View AISRAP's Suicide Prevention Skills Training brochure (116 kb).